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News for Mar 11, 2023

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BBC will not broadcast Attenborough episode over fear of rightwing backlash -- The Guardian

BBC has decided not to broadcast final episode of flagship new series Wild Isles; Programme was part-funded by nature charities the WWF and RSPB

Outline: (what is this?) attenborough episode

Tone: (what is this?) - negative

Discussion: (what is this?) -- BBC, - Attenborough, -- Tory

Why Top Gun: Maverick should win the best picture Oscar -- The Guardian

Outline:  best picture oscar

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Academy Awards, ? The Guardian, ? Oscar

European court at odds with British values, says Home Secretary Suella Braverman -- BBC News (UK)

Suella Braverman's plan to stop small boat Channel crossings could be challenged in Strasbourg court; The home secretary said the European Court of Human Rights is 'politically' and 'is interventionist' She said a balance should be struck between the court and British values

Outline:  european court

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Braverman, ++ Tory, - UK

BBC News Home -- BBC News (UK)

Saturday's Telegraph: BBC faces revolt over Lineker

Outline:  prosecutors

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  - BBC, - Gary Lineker, ± Tory

Mexico cartel turns in own men over US kidnappings -- BBC News (UK)

Reports from the Mexican border city of Matamoros say a splinter group of the Gulf Cartel, called the Scorpions Group, has apologised for kidnapping four US citizens last week, killing two of them; The four Americans were taken to a hospital for treatment but two died soon after

Outline:  mexican authorities

Tone:  -- v. negative

Discussion:  ? US, ? Cartel, ? UK

Gary Lineker: Football star who became a Saturday TV fixture -- BBC News (UK)

Gary Lineker is one of the BBC's most famous faces - and one of its highest-paid presenters; He has not shied from using his high profile to express his political views

Outline:  bbc sports personality

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - BBC, - Tory, -- Gary

BBC mistaken in Lineker decision, says former director general -- BBC News (UK)

Alan Shearer pulls out of tomorrow's Match of the Day after Gary Lineker steps back

Outline:  bbc presenter

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  + BBC, ++ Lineker, ++ Gary

The BBC has said that this Saturday's Match Of The Day programme will go ahead "without studio presentation or punditry" after the broadcaster announced that Gary Lineker will "step back" from presenting duties -- ITV News

Outline:  day programme

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ BBC, - Tory, ++ Germany

ITV childrens channel CITV axed after 40 years on screens in streaming shake-up -- Metro

BREAKING: ITV has announced childrens channel CITV will be axed after 40 years on screens

Outline:  itv childrens channel citv

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ CITV, ? YouTube, ? UK

Wrexham: Football kit donated by Ryan Reynolds arrives -- BBC News (UK)

Football club receive Deadpool-inspired kits donated by Ryan Reynolds

Outline:  under-12 futsal team

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? BBC, ? Imwithgary

Protesters rally against drag event that didn't exist -- BBC News (UK)

Turning Point UK organised a protest at The Great Exhibition pub in East Dulwich for 11:00 GMT; Counter protest organised by Stand up to Racism South London held at 10:30 GMT

Outline:  drag storytime events

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - BBC, -- Tory, -- Fox

The drag show bans sweeping the US are a chilling attack on free speech | Suzanne Nossel -- The Guardian

The breadth of these bills is staggering, and many go beyond their purported goals of protecting children from obscenity; Most bills define drag performer as someone performing while using dress, makeup and mannerisms associated with a gender other than the one assigned to them at birth

Outline:  drag show bans

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? AR, ? dragshow, ? Suzanne Nossel

Police release CCTV image after elderly man set on fire -- BBC News (UK)

Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to after an 82-year-old man was set alight; The elderly man was attacked in West Ealing on the evening of 27 February

Outline:  cctv image

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- UK, -- BBC, ? Gary

I once admired Russell Brand. But his grim trajectory shows us where politics is heading | George Monbiot -- The Guardian

It's hard to decide which is most dispiriting: the stupidity of some of the theories he recites, or the lack of originality; He repeatedly says he’s not a conspiracy theorist, but, to me, he certainly sounds like one

Outline:  russell brand

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - Russell Brand, - The Guardian, - Monbiot

Xi Jinping handed unprecedented third term as Chinas president -- The Guardian

Coronation sets up Xi, who has overseen consolidation of power, to become modern China’s longest-serving head of state; Xi's reelection is the culmination of a remarkable rise from a relatively little-known party apparatchik to the leader of a global superpower

Outline:  chinas president coronation

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ± China, + Xi, ? PRC

Asteroid headed toward Earth may arrive on Valentine's Day 2046 -- BBC News (UK)

The asteroid, dubbed 2023 DW, has about a 1 in 560 chance of hitting Earth in 2046; It's the only space rock on Nasa's risk list that ranks a 1 on the Torino Impact Hazard Scale

Outline:  torino impact hazard scale

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? BBC, - Tory, ? Gary Lineker

HS2 high-speed rail line may not reach central London until 2040s -- ITV News

Outline:  speed rail line

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? London, ? UK, ? Wales

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