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FBI investigates Blatter’s role in ISL bribes

Politics, ReportingWeek1, Sport
The FBI is investigating the role of Sepp Blatter in a $100m payment of sports marketing company ISL to FIFA-officials, BBC’s Panorama reports. Blatter denies he was aware of those payments, which were made in the 1990’s. A BBC investigation, which will broadcast tonight, will focus on the role of Sepp Blater in the ISL scandal, where FIFA-officials were paid to hand ISL lucrative television and marketing contracts. Among those officials were former FIFA-president João Havelange – who lost his honorary president title since – and former Brazilian FA president Ricardo Teixeira. BBC tells that its Panorama reporter Andrew Jennings has seen a letter, obtained by America's Federal Bureau of Investigation, in where Havelange talks about the payments he received from ISL. In the letter it’s
Cycling activists perform a ‘die-in’ on Regent Street

Cycling activists perform a ‘die-in’ on Regent Street

Health, News, Sport
Cycling activist group Stop Killing Cyclists protested by lying on the street with their bikes, in Regents Street in remembrance of Michael Mason, 70, an experienced cyclist, who was killed last year. Words, images & video: Tanya Geddes Subeditor: Di Bai / Hussein Abdel Fattah The die-in was held in conjunction with the Cyclist’s Defence Fund, a charity, that deals with cycling issues and the law. In January 2015, 13 cyclists died according to road.cc. This has prompted Donnachadh McCarthy, co-founder of Stop Killing Cyclists to “prompt for a justice, police systems and a road investment system that is human and respects human lives. Then, we can transform London into a city we can be proud of”. Anna Tatton-Brown, daughter of killed cyclist Michael Mason, 70, says
Football Festivals getting more young girls involved in sport

Football Festivals getting more young girls involved in sport

Sport, Student, Video
Football is the number one team sport for girls in the UK. Compared with the rest of Europe, however, participation is still low. The FA Girls’ Football Festivals hope to tackle that foot first. Reporter: Kait Borsay  Sub editor: Indraja Gugle With over 8,000 attendees in 2014, the FA Girls’ Football Festivals is one way the national association hopes to engage girls at primary and secondary school level on a localised basis. The event, in association with Continental Tyres, will be in London this summer. The profile of women's football is fast gathering momentum, the FA Women's Super League (WSL) season has just started and for the first time in its history, the FA Women's Cup final will be held at Wembley Stadium. Tickets are reasonably priced for the game on 1 August, and the
Controller of ITV Sport on best and worst moments — and life after the Champions League

Controller of ITV Sport on best and worst moments — and life after the Champions League

Media, Sport, Student
In a glimpse behind the scenes of some of the country’s biggest broadcasters, Mark Demuth shares his experiences at the BBC and ITV. He discusses what ITV really think about losing the Champions League and what it's like to work with Roy Keane. Reporter and interviewer: Kait Borsay  Cameras: Cristiana Ferrauti and Jipsa George Video editor: Cristiana Ferrauti Sub editor: Jaideep Vaidya Mark Demuth, Controller of ITV Sport, Production, joined students of the University of Westminster for an hour-long Harrow Conversation in March. From Fleet Street to the BBC and ITV, Demuth offers valuable insight into the profession. From his early career at Hayters Sport Agency to becoming a producer for the BBC, programme director for Radio Solent and the first editor of the award-winning Ma
Not enough women candidates coming through in sports broadcasting, says ITV’s Mark Demuth

Not enough women candidates coming through in sports broadcasting, says ITV’s Mark Demuth

Media, Sport, Student
In a week of celebrations for International Women's Day, Mark Demuth, controller of ITV Sport, Production, said that the number of women candidates applying for positions in sports broadcasting should be higher. Reporter: Jaideep Vaidya @jaideepjourno Sub editor: Kait Borsay It is a long-running argument recently reignited by a parliamentary committee report that highlighted the dearth of women in news broadcasting. Demuth said that men outnumbered women in ITV's production team by around four to one. "We need to encourage women to come through," he told Westminster World in an exclusive chat. "Are we not seeing enough [female] candidates? Possibly." Currently enjoying his second tenure at ITV's London Studios, Demuth has worked across radio and television, most notably for th
Women leading the way in fight against racism in football

Women leading the way in fight against racism in football

News, Sport
A new Women’s Super League season kicks off in March. Kait Borsay looks at whether the women’s game has the same issues with racism as its male counterpart, after two incidents of racism from Chelsea fans were reported in just one week. Reporter: Kait Borsay Sub-editor: Sonal Gupta The women’s game, set to gain more exposure this summer with the Women's World Cup in Canada, does not suffer at the hands of racism like its male counterpart. Kick it Out, the anti-discrimination body, told Westminster World they “haven't had any incidents of racism within women or girls football at any level this season.” In a month where Chelsea fans have seen their first piece of silverware since the return of Jose Mourinho, supporters of the club have been tainted by accusations of racism. Film fo
Londoners invited to run Uganda marathon

Londoners invited to run Uganda marathon

International, Sport, Video
Londoners are being invited to take part in what has been dubbed 'a race like no other' to support local communities in Uganda. Cynthia Gregoire meets the organisers Nick Kershaw and Henry Blanchard. Sub editor: Indraja Gugle  Nick Kershaw and Henry Blanchard have come together since 2013 to bring the Uganda Marathon, which takes place in May, into fruition.  The group is working together to improve lives in the Masaka region of Uganda, and they are making it the cultural trip of a lifetime. The trip includes the opportunity to run a half, full or relay marathon attached to a week-long stay in Uganda where participants may choose to join in and help with local projects while staying with host families. The Uganda Marathon project continues to grow and gain support in just tw
Sport lessons for children slump, but charities revive interest

Sport lessons for children slump, but charities revive interest

Health, News, Sport
London's Olympics Games were a great success that boosted sport activities in schools. Correct? No. A recent survey by the Youth Sports Trust shows a drastic decline in the number of minutes spent on PE lessons in schools across the UK. If a lack of funding is to blame, a lack of interest certainly isn't - as a burgeoning partnership between a sports charity and primary schools in London proves.  Reporter: Li Ying   Sub editor: Sonal Gupta  PE hours on the decline…. Is London a more sports-loving city since the 2012 Games? With such an amazing legacy from the Olympics, you'd expect a positive answer. But figures released in January by the London-based Youth Sport Trust after a nationwide school sports survey show a different picture. Despite the coalition's promise to ‘inspire
Cyclists’ safety first: intelligent bike helmets warn of accidents

Cyclists’ safety first: intelligent bike helmets warn of accidents

Health, News, Sport, Tech
Twelve cyclists crash with motor vehicles in London each day, a new study reveals. Can smart bike helmets as developed by Volvo help to keep cyclists safe?  Reporter: Danae Diz Sub-editor: Hussein Abdel Fattah   A new helmet for cyclists, revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month, is designed to make cycling a much more safer experience. The helmet spots imminent crashes through a sensor, which informs the cyclist when they are in the blind spot of a car, prompting them to move aside to avoid a collision. 50% of the cyclist deaths in London happen because of car driver's blind spots, a new major study by insurer Aviva has revealed. The prototype was designed and developed by car maker Volvo and works with a popular fitness monitoring app tha
Women’s football needs more coverage says Millwall midfielder

Women’s football needs more coverage says Millwall midfielder

Sport
Megan Goss, the 18-year-old midfielder for Millwall Lionesses, talks to Westminster World about about the future of women's football and her hopes for more live coverage of the sport. Reporter: Jaideep Vaidya Sub-editor: Alex Leonards Chatty, bubbly and with a distinct Essex accent, Megan Goss exudes enthusiasm about women's football. “It’s a new challenge for me,” she says of her recent move from the London Bees to Millwall Lionesses. Goss had come through the Bees’ development squad before making her first-team debut last season, going on to make 14 league and cup appearances. Impressed with her progress, Millwall offered her a pre-season trial last month, in which she impressed the coaches enough for the club to offer her a permanent deal. “I realised I played to the best