0 Comments Share Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away The Cardinals are off to a 4-0 start in 2012, their best start since 1974. Some of that success is due to the play of their starting quarterback Kevin Kolb. He hasn’t been outstanding but he hasn’t lost any games for the team, either. On Tuesday after practice, Kolb talked about building confidence one game at a time.“I’ve reached this confidence level before. Again, I don’t ever want to get too high or too low but the more plays and the more victories you get and the more experiences you go through, it just gives you the confidence that you can handle things.” D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke It’s been said on more than one occasion that Kolb just needs to “manage the game.” To some, including him, that may seem like a slap in the face or an insult but sometimes the truth hurts. Kolb threw three touchdown passes on Sunday against the Dolphins but also threw two interceptions, nearly giving the game away. Maybe it was Kolb’s confidence that allowed him to step back on the field and help win the game for his team after such a costly mistake.“As a team, that’s the way we approach it. That’s why we didn’t panic when we were down,” said Kolb. “We kept at it and we were able to pull it out because we’d been in that situation before.”So far in 2012, Kolb has 67 completions on 107 attempts with seven touchdowns and only two interceptions. His passer rating of 97.6 is good for ninth-best in the league after Sunday’s overtime win against the Dolphins.Hopefully Kolb’s performance and confidence continue to rise on national TV against the St. Louis Rams on Thursday.
– 0:00:00 / 0:00:00Update RequiredTo play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. On Wednesday’s Update, we hear from Rep. Phil Potvin of Cadillac on his plan to increase the number of allowable snow days in Michigan’s school calendar. Categories: Audio,News Legislative Update for February 5, 2015 [ 4:04 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (121) playpause 04Feb Legislative Update for February 4, 2015
01Feb Bipartisan bills increase government transparency Whiteford: We’re holding elected officials accountableState Rep. Mary Whiteford said today’s introduction of bipartisan legislation to make state government more transparent is another sign of the House’s commitment to be more accountable and accessible to the people of Michigan.Whiteford, of Casco Township, joined her colleagues in announcing the reform plan to make the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This plan will also create a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and senators called the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA).The LORA bill exempts some records, among them letters to and from people from the district, human resource files, and ongoing legislative investigations or lawsuits.“It remains a top priority for us to hold the Legislature and the executive branch of state government more accountable to taxpayers,” said Whiteford, who serves as House Majority Caucus Vice Chair.“The residents of Allegan County deserve to know how their tax dollars are being spent. This bipartisan package is a step in the right direction to make government more accountable and transparent to taxpayers.”“In January, the Michigan house answered the demand for increased government transparency by providing easy access for the public to view the salaries of all state representatives and House staff,” Whiteford said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues for a more transparent and accountable Michigan.”Michigan and Massachusetts are the only two states in the union where the governor, lieutenant governor and the Legislature are not required to disclose their records to the public.##### Categories: Whiteford News
24Jan Raising the Age’ Saves Taxpayers Dollars, Provides Better Outcomes for Youth Categories: Afendoulis News,Brann News,News by State Representatives Tommy Brann and Chris AfendoulisLast year, West Michigan led the nation in job growth. That’s no surprise. Grand Rapids is an innovative, hard-working community with a talent for converting barriers into opportunities. True to that spirit, we sponsored House Bills 4664 and 4969.These bills are part of an 18-bill “Youth in Prison” package, which was authored to provide opportunities to young people in our community, even those who have made mistakes as teenagers.HB 4664, by Chris Afendoulis, is one of several bills in the package that would change the definition of “juvenile” from 17 to 18 in various Michigan statutes. HB 4969, by Tommy Brann would ensure that kids under age 18 are held in juvenile detention facilities, instead of adult jails, while awaiting trial.Why are these bills necessary?Unfortunately, Michigan continues to automatically prosecute all 17-year- olds as adults. We’ve fallen behind the rest of the nation; only four other states maintain this antiquated process. Not only does the policy effectively eliminate young people from our future workforce, it also places long-term cost burdens on taxpayers.As business owners, we recognize this practice as a barrier to our community’s next generation of talent. As state legislators, our goal is to convert that barrier into opportunity.Raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction to 18 has been much debated here in Michigan. So far, the focus has been on short-term costs. That’s a mistake. No policy discussion is complete without a proper discussion of long-term costs—and consequences—of maintaining a law that is out-of- step with the ideals of our great state.The juvenile justice system, with its rehabilitative services, is the proper placement for teens. Rehabilitation is a common-sense investment in the futures of young people, creating potential for massive long-term savings and other social benefits. Youth incarcerated in the adult system remain in prison approximately four times longer than those who are placed in juvenile facilities. Most disturbingly, their chances at rehabilitation effectively end thereThis, in turn, increases crime and decreases public safety: young offenders exiting the adult system are 34 percent more likely to reoffend than their counterparts exiting the juvenile system. Worse yet, they reoffend sooner—and their crimes escalate to more violent offenses.The societal consequences don’t end there. Adult convictions, as opposed to juvenile dispositions, create life-long barriers to housing, employment and education—restricting affected youth from becoming productive, tax-paying citizens.Also, note how the current law harms Michigan citizens: if a 17-year- old resident of Ohio, Illinois, or Indiana commits the same crime, on the same day, as a 17-year- old Michigander, that out-of- state youth can later come to Michigan and gain acceptance into college, find a job, and qualify for an abundance of housing options.The Michiganders? They will face life-long barriers to education, employment, and housing. As a direct consequence, these Michigan youth will earn 40 percent less in lifetime earnings than their counterparts from Ohio, Illinois, or Indiana.By raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction, we can end these inequities while likely making a cut to the Department of Corrections’ $2 billion annual budget. The opportunity to rehabilitate young people and nurture their ability to work and pay taxes—rather than creating a reliance on public assistance upon release from adult prison—is a strong investment in Michigan’seconomy.Tommy Brann, R-Wyoming, represents the 77th Michigan House District and is owner of Brann’s Restaurants. Chris Afendoulis, R-Grand Rapids Township, represents the 73rd Michigan House District and is co-owner of Afendoulis Cleaners and Tuxedos.
Categories: Howrylak News,News 13Apr Rep. Howrylak’s ‘Advancing Michigan’s Future’ plan would help state taxpayers in wake of federal changes State Rep. Martin Howrylak this week introduced a plan to offset new limitations on deducting state and local taxes from individual taxpayers’ federal tax bills.Howrylak’s proposal is sparked by changes to the federal tax code made late last year.The new federal code caps the amount of state and local taxes that can be deducted from federal taxable income at $10,000 annually. Howrylak’s plan would allow individual taxpayers in Michigan to donate money to the state, then claim up to the same amount as a state-level income tax credit.“This plan does not hurt state tax revenue in any way,” said Howrylak, of Troy. “It simply provides a way to help Michigan taxpayers structure their payments without harming the funding critical to our important public services.”Howrylak’s legislation would create the “Advancing Michigan’s Future” fund. Taxpayers could donate to the fund, with the money going to support public safety, roads and other services financed through Michigan’s main budget account.Taxpayers who donate to the fund could claim a tax credit of up to an equal amount on their state income taxes. Taxpayers could donate more to the state if they wish, or if a taxpayer does not claim the full credit in one tax year, the remaining credit amount could be carried over for up to five years.The legislation – House Bill 5804 – was referred to the House Tax Policy Committee.###
Categories: Vaupel News 18Feb Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: February 17, 2019 On Tuesday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivered her first State of the State address, and I had the privilege of inviting County Commission Chairman Don Parker as my guest on the House floor. The governor addressed many issues important to all Michigan residents, which included health care. Although details were not discussed, several topics such as affordability and accessibility, mental and behavioral health care, and the opioid crisis remain areas of priority to me. I hope to work with the administration and my colleagues in the Legislature to find beneficial solutions for our state.***Last week, I attended the annual report to the community of the Livingston Human Services Collaborative Body (HSCB). This is a tremendous organization dedicated to promoting health and human services across the county. HSCB supports Livingston County’s caring atmosphere by establishing frameworks for efficient and effective help for those in need. Thank you for the update and for the great work you do in our communities!***The City of Howell was recognized Monday night as a Redevelopment Ready Community by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The certification signifies the city is well prepared for future business investment and local resource development, and it is only the 30th community to receive the designation. As is evidenced by the many awards and recognitions Howell has received over the past year, it is clear the city has a bright and prosperous future. Congratulations to Mayor Nick Proctor, the City Council, and all the residents on this outstanding achievement!***Congratulations to Hartland for a very successful 2019 Winterfest, even though the snow was lacking. It was a great event filled with fellowship and local entertainment. Thank you to the generous individuals and organizations who contributed and worked hard to ensure a successful day.***This Saturday and Sunday is free fishing weekend across Michigan. Throughout the weekend, all fishing license fees are waived for residents and out-of-state visitors. You can enjoy fishing on all waters for all species within the current open season, provided all other regulations are followed. Whether you fish or not, I hope you have an opportunity to enjoy Michigan’s beautiful outdoors!***Thank you to all who attended last week’s office hours. I look forward to seeing you again next month on Friday, March 15 at the following times and locations:2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Fowlerville Farms, 941 S. Grand Ave. in Fowlerville;4 to 5 p.m. at Biggby Coffee, 11325 W. Highland Road in Hartland; and5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at All Star Coney Island, 934 Michigan Ave. in Howell.***If you have any ideas, comments or questions for my office, please do not hesitate to call us at 517-373-8835 or send an email to HankVaupel@house.mi.gov. We are happy to hear from you!PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Hank Vaupel of Fowlerville welcomed Livingston County Board of Commissioners Chairman Donald S. Parker to the House floor for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State address.
Share4TweetShare6Email10 SharesBack to School / Bart EversonAugust 25, 2015; New Orleans Times-PicayuneSchool reformers have now had a decade of experience rebuilding the New Orleans school system after it was devastated by the winds and waters of Hurricane Katrina. The power of Katrina cleared away a system that had its share of problems and allowed federal, state, and local leaders room for changes that seemed impossible just months earlier. After ten years, we can now begin to see how effective those efforts have been.Reformers have targeted teachers and their unions as a major source of our nation’s educational struggles. With New Orleans’s educators scattered by Katrina’s fury, they seized the opportunity to reopen schools with new staff. Thousands of experienced teachers were not offered positions as school reopened, and a teacher’s union lost its contract—they were replaced with new hires recruited nationally, including a large group supplied by Teach For America.The New Orleans Times-Picayune looked recently at the impact of this massive change on those who teach New Orleans’s children, via a report by the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans released on August 24th:Only about one in five of the teachers who staffed the city’s public schools before the storm still work there. About 49 percent of the teachers in the system last year were black, instructing a student body that was 85 percent African-American. The teaching workforce was 71 percent African-American before the storm. They were replaced, largely, by white and inexperienced teachers. […] National Urban League President Marc Morial named the layoffs as one of the city’s biggest recovery mistakes. It’s one reason some black residents say the changes to New Orleans public schools were made about them, without them.In addition to reframing the professional cadre who teaches New Orleans’ children, the New Orleans model relies on privately managed charter schools to create an educational marketplace supporting parental choice. Katrina allowed reformers to take control away from a locally elected school board. After ten years, there is enough experience to ask whether the results of such drastic educational change are so positive that they are worth their human and social costs. The answer to this question is hotly debated.Former President George Bush called out the educational progress New Orleans has seen in his comments marking Katrina’s anniversary . “Because of the success schools like this have achieved,” he told an audience of students and teachers, “it gives a message to Americans that New Orleans is back, and better than ever.” The International Business Times described the results as more nuanced:Broader measures show a rejuvenated school system. ACT scores in the state-run district increased from 14.5 in 2007 to 16.4 in 2014, and far fewer students in the majority-black district attend schools deemed failing. The proportion of Orleans Parish high school graduates enrolling in college has grown more than 20 percent since 2004. But…critics worry that many children, particularly those with behavioral needs, fell through the cracks. And newly available data from independent researchers, corroborated by former district employees, suggest that due to misreporting, official graduation rates may be overstated by several percentage points.In relinquishing oversight to independent charter operators, former employees say, district authorities lost sight of at-risk students. Under stiff pressure to improve numbers or face closure, schools culled students and depressed dropout rates. And as families muddled through a complex and decentralized system, a sizable contingent of at-risk students may have left the system unrecorded.The National Educational Policy Center summarized its review of research done on educational outcomes in New Orleans as follows:Ten years after Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent reforms, there remain more questions than answers. Even if the reforms implemented under such a hyper-politicized arrangement show some clear gains in student achievement, as seems to be the case, it is important to attend to the serious equity concerns that remain in the system, and to examine other outcomes, beyond test scores. The preliminary evidence, from a combination of news reports and research studies, suggests that the New Orleans reforms disproportionately benefit more advantaged students, relative to the most at-risk and under-served students. In light of these concerns, there is a need for more research that systematically examines whether the reforms have truly altered the structure of opportunities for students who are low-income, of color, English Language Learners, or have disabilities. Given the additional resources and the unique New Orleans experience, there are also questions about how sustainable and replicable the New Orleans model is, even though many cities are adopting similar reforms.New Orleans can teach us much about educational improvement if we are willing to recognize how complex the reality is and accept that there may not be any simple answers—but that may be difficult in today’s political reality.—Marty LevineShare4TweetShare6Email10 Shares
Share38Tweet19ShareEmail57 Shares“High school students protest against gun violence and for gun law reform,” Fibonacci BlueMarch 10, 2018; Star TribuneIn the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Florida and dozens of other shootings around the country, activism among high school and college students has burst onto the public stage. Recognizing that civics education may be lacking in some districts, the ACLU has made a point to educate students about their free speech and protest rights in advance of planned walkouts and other events.Josh Bell, Media Strategist at the ACLU Center for Democracy, told the University of Connecticut’s Daily Campus in an email, “You have the right to speak out, hand out flyers and petitions and wear expressive clothing in school—as long as you don’t disrupt the functioning of the school or violate the school’s content-neutral policies.”Students may be disciplined for skipping school, but they cannot be punished more harshly for a walkout than they would be for missing class for any other reason. The ACLU also posted a video of a Know Your Rights training and published articles explaining to students and administrators how to balance compliance and protest.A nationwide high school walkout is planned in solidarity with the Parkland students on March 14th.The ACLU is basing many of its recommendations on precedent established during the Vietnam War. In 1969, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in Iowa ruled in Tinker v. Des Moines that “First Amendment rights, applied in light of the special characteristics of the school environment, are available to teachers and students. It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.” That case is being cited frequently by those advising today’s students, drawing a link to another time when student activism was a major political force and reminding students and adults alike that young people are and have been active caretakers of their country’s future.This is an important lesson to drive home, because not all lawmakers recognize the students’ pleas as a legitimate driver of legislative action. Florida State Representative Elizabeth Porter said, “We’ve been told that we need to listen to the children and do what the children ask…Do we allow the children to tell us that we should pass a law that says no homework?…No. The adults make the laws.” Last Wednesday, students staged a sit-in outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office in the Capitol, but McConnell did not grant them an audience. Eventually, the students were escorted out of the building by capitol police, chanting, “Enough is enough” and “Not one more.”The ACLU, energized by the enormous influx of cash and membership it experienced last year in the wake of Donald Trump’s election, is actively encouraging students to engage in civic debate. Executive Director Anthony Romero told Salon that his organization plans to be a dominant political force, standing as an equal and opposite actor to organizations like the National Rifle Association, which has not responded productively to the Parkland shooting or protests. ACLU Indiana executive director Jane Henegar wrote, “School administrators: Just because schools are within their rights to discipline students, that doesn’t mean they should….To cultivate informed citizens who care about their communities and speak truth to power, school leaders should take this opportunity to encourage this spirit of activism and civic purpose, not punish it.”Students have proven themselves to be capable organizers, powerful speakers, and extremely capable users of social media platforms. Combining their determination and emotional presence with the legal savvy and the new spending power of the ACLU has big potential consequences. In the vacuum of leadership on gun safety from NRA-shy politicians, the ACLU’s resources are empowering students to lead the change themselves.It should be noted that inspiring and laudable movements like this one also serve to highlight racial inequity. Vox writer P.R. Lockhart pointed out,Organizing around Black Lives Matter and the larger Movement for Black Lives, another youth-led movement demanding policy change in the wake of trauma, was not and has not been as readily embraced…It opens up a complicated discussion about who gets empathy in America, what issues are deemed important, and the types of activism and activists that the public responds to…When highlighting the disparity in public reaction, activists and organizers have noted that their words should not be taken as an attack on the students, but rather as a challenge to how the trauma of certain groups is perceived.—Erin RubinShare38Tweet19ShareEmail57 Shares
BBC Worldwide has won an appeal against a ruling by video-on-demand regulator ATVOD that it was providing an on-demand service on the Italian Mediaset pay TV platform, and was thus subject to regulation by ATVOD.According to ATVOD, its original ruling was based on whether BBC Worldwide or Mediaset exercised “general control” over the selection and organisation of the programmes comprising the relevant video on demand service. The ATVOD decision had been taken on the basis of contractual evidence provided by BBC Worldwide following a request by ATVOD for all relevant information, the regulator said.Ofcom’s decision to uphold the appeal takes into account new evidence from BBC Worldwide which was not made available to ATVOD at the time of its ruling, according to the regulator.ATVOD CEO Pete Johnson said: “This is a complex area and the appeal system is a vital part of the process, giving service providers, in particular, greater clarity over issues such as where regulatory responsibility lies when two or more parties are involved. In this case, it is unfortunate that ATVOD was not provided with all relevant information at the appropriate time – doing so ensures that unnecessary regulatory costs are avoided.”
Discovery has inked its second major 3D programming deal in Europe, our sister publication TBI has revealed. The company’s Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA) division has cut a deal with Digiturk, which will take a raft of Discovery’s 3D content.The Turkish digital pay TV platform’s linear 3D channel rolls out tomorrow and Discovery’s programming will be available on the channel and on demand. The deal is the first for Discovery in Europe outside the UK, where its 3D content is carried on BSkyB and Virgin Media’s services. Discovery’s full channel bouquet is carried on the DSmart platform in Turkey and it has channels on the Teledunya pay TV service.“We are helping to define Digiturk’s 3D proposition,” Caleb Weinstein, senior vice-president and general manager of distribution at Discovery Networks EMEA told TBI. “It will be a showcase channel and factual is one part of that – 3D offers the opportunity to reinvent storytelling in factual.”Discovery programming on the Digiturk 3D service will include Forgotten Planet, The Haunted, I Almost Got Away With It and Oceana Air Show.There will be more 3D launches along similar lines in Europe as pay TV platforms launch new 3D services, but a full Discovery 3D channel is not about to roll out.“We are always looking to develop new products, but we are waiting to see the opportunities, interest and consumer demand beyond the US,” Weinstein said.“We always look to support operators when they launch services and go after incremental ARPU from their subscribers,” he said. “Even if operators do not want to allocate the bandwidth to [several] 3D channels yet, we want to work with them in a flexible manner.”Discovery is a partner alongside Sony and Imax in the US linear 3D channel 3Net. Discovery and Sony sell the original programming that runs on that channel and Weinstein said it is inclined to ink volume deals with operators rather than sell the content on a piecemeal basis.
News Corp-backed pay TV operator BSkyB has considered buying mobile spectrum and launching a mobile phone service, according to the Sunday Times.The newspaper, which is owned by News Corp, reported that Sky has studied buying 1800Mhz spectrum that is being sold by Everything Everywhere. It estimates that between £3 billion (€3.75 billion) and £4 billion would be needed to build a new UK-wide mobile phone network.
Pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has launched a Sky Wrestling Facebook page to complement its TV service, offering coverage of the WWE SummerSlam and TNA Hardcore Justice competitions.The Facebook page will offer subscribers a forum to exchange views on wrestling. Coverage of the tournaments is available as part of the pay-per-view Sky Select service, with coverage of the WWE SummerSlam kicking off two weeks ago and the TNA Hardcore Justice tournament set to debut this weekend.
Dutch broadcasting network NOS has signed a multi-year deal with content delivery firm GlobeCast and satellite operator Eutelsat for more satellite news gathering capacity. NOS has taken dedicated capacity on the Eutelsat 12 West A satellite, which will support its planned upgrade to HD operations for its news facilities and trucks by the end of 2013.It will also give it more resources to broadcast high profile news stories, such as the planned April 30 coronation of Prince Willem-Alexander.NOS is a member of the Netherlands Public Broadcasting system, providing news and sports programming for three Dutch public television channels. Globecast a subsidiary of France Telecom/Orange, while Eutelsat has capacity on 30 satellites with reach in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, parts of the Americas and Asia-Pacific.
Satellite operator Intelsat has posted a small year-on-year increase in revenue for the first quarter. The company’s sales for the three months to March totalled US$655.1 million (€498.9 million), up 2%.Intelsat posted a loss of US$7.8 million for the period and EBITDA of US496.8 million. The company’s contracted backlog at the end of March amounted to US$10.4 billion.“Total revenue grew 2% in the first quarter of 2013, as compared to the year-earlier quarter. On-network revenue grew 4% in the period, reflecting solid demand for transponder services and the benefit of refreshed video neighborhood capacity and mobility capacity provided by our 2012 launch campaign,” said CEO David McGlade. “In addition, managed services revenue increased, reflecting demand for our global hybrid infrastructure of terrestrial and satellite capacity, particularly for mobility applications for network services customers. New customer and renewal activity remains steady, and our backlog, at $10.4 billion, offers visibility into future revenue trends.”Intelsat launched its IPO in April this year. McGlade said that the funds raised by the stock offerings, combined with interest savings from recent debt refinancing would “begin a positive cycle of de-leveraging that we believe will enhance the equity value we create for our stakeholders”.
UK video-on-demand regulator ATVOD has called for a block on credit and debit card payments being made to foreign-based pornography websites that fail to take adequate measures to protect minors in the UK.In its annual report, ATVOD argues that under Crown Prosecution Service guidance on the Obscene Publications Act, it is clear that non-UK website that offer unrestricted access to hardcore pornography that can be accessed in the UK should be considered in breach of UK law.ATVOD points out that websites of this type typically offer free windows of content to attract payment by credit and debit card for other content. It questions whether action could not be taken to prevent such companies – operating illegally – from drawing revenues from UK bank and credit card accounts.The regulator said it had raised the issue with payment companies and hoped to see progress on the matter in the coming year.In its annual report, ATVOD highlighted successes within the UK over the past year against pornographic services that failed to ensure children were protected, including £100,000 in fines levied against porn sites operated by Playboy TV that failed to ensure under-18s could not access content.“We have made good progress in ensuring that UK operators of regulated VOD services comply with rules designed to protect children from harmful content, but we are not complacent and will continue to monitor relevant services and act as required,” said ATVOD chief executive Pete Johnson. “Our recent enforcement activity has sent a clear message that UK providers of hardcore pornography on demand must take effective steps to ensure that such material is not accessible to under-18s. Asking visitors to a website to click an ‘I am 18’ button or enter a date of birth or use a debit card is not sufficient – if they are going to offer explicit sex material they must know that their customers are 18, just as they would in the ‘offline’ world.”
French cable operator Numericable has begun broadcasting travel channel Voyage in HD.Voyage offers a mix of travel documentaries, reports and magazine programming, including Les châteaux de la Loire, Voyage au bout de l’enfer and J’irai dormir chez vous.
The BBC World Service has pledged £8 million of new investment for digital and multiplatform news programming, in a bid to “keep ahead of the changing media environment” and reach younger audiences.Announcing the move, BBC World Service director, Peter Horrocks said that while radio will remain the “bedrock” of its international output, World Service TV programmes and mobile sites will play “an increasingly important part.”In a speech to staff, Horrocks announced World Service plans including an Africa edition of the BBC website and an increased focus on multiplatform, multi-lingual programming, with World Service formats like Witness being turned into TV programmes and translated into other languages.He also said it plans to pilot Global Newsbeat, radio bulletins aimed at younger audiences, to “attract the next generation of World Service listeners” and said World Service would create around 140 new jobs in the coming year.The news comes less than six weeks before the World Service comes under licence fee funding from the BBC. It was previously funded by grant-in-aid from the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Cable marketing body CTAM Europe’s EuroSummit is to take place in August this year.The organisation has said the next EuroSummit will take place in Amsterday from August 27-28.The EuroSummit previously took place in September. Further details of this year’s event will be released in due course, according to the organisation.
Dmitry ShishkinBBC World Service has launched a new African edition of the BBC.com website, designed to deliver more relevant news and content to those living on the continent.The BBC said that the new site means that English-speaking internet users in Africa will see more African news stories, features and video on the BBC.com front page, while the BBC.com/Africa section, dedicated to African news, will also see “significant enhancements.”“The Africa edition will provide more expert analysis from the BBC reporters to explain the issues behind the headlines and in-depth features on a broad range of topics, to give a balanced portrayal of the vibrant African continent,” said the BBC.The corporation added that the update will also be accessible to the growing number of people accessing news on the continent via mobile devices.“We have had consistent and impressive growth of the traffic to BBC.com from Africa over the past two years. This growth is especially significant among audiences using mobile devices to access our content – 40% year on year,” said BBC World Service group digital development editor, Dmitry Shishkin.“Over half of African browsers coming to bbc.com are using mobile devices. The new Africa edition, available on mobile, tablet and desktop versions, takes advantage of this strong presence and growth, and is editorially tailored for these audiences, making sure we serve them best with our multiplatform content.”The BBC said it will also continue to give a voice to Africa’s online audience via dedicated space on social media services such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, SoundCloud and YouTube.
Kerry TaylorMTV UK general manager Kerry Taylor has been given a new role within Viacom and tasked with rebranding Channel 5, the UK free-TV broadcaster the US media giant acquired last year.Taylor has taken the newly-created role of chief marketing officer of Viacom’s UK operations, which span Channel 5 and pay TV channels including MTV and Nickelodeon.Her immediate brief, Viacom said, will be to oversee a creative rebranding of Channel 5 during the course of 2015.Viacom International Media Networks has also given MTV UK marketing VP, Jo Bacon, additional responsibility covering the Channel 5 rebrand, which will be managed by media agency Joint.The rebrand will be complete by end-2015.Taylor reports to David Lynn, president of VIMN UK, Australia and Central and Eastern Europe, said: “Kerry is Viacom’s outstanding UK-based marketer and her and Jo’s appointment to oversee the rebrand of Channel 5 demonstrates how we’re combining the best talent and assets of both businesses.“Their task will be to capture changing perceptions about the brand amongst lighter viewers as Channel 5 continues to improve programme range and quality and its ratings performance under Ben’s direction.”Her immediate focus will be the UK, but she will also have responsibility for marketing across VIMN’s global pay TV brands – Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Channel, Spike and BET.