Rishi Sunak’s Spending Review was accused of undermining Boris Johnson’s vision for a green economy by focusing its budget on improving roads. Sunak announced that he was pushing ahead with a £27 billion roads programme but did not offer an increase on the £12 billion that was mobilised to tackle climate change. While the UK chancellor said he was “pursuing the nation’s priorities” with his road-building plans to ease traffic congestion and improve commute times, some environmentalists fear it will attract more traffic and increase emissions. Marcin Branowski, 21, president of pro-market environmentalism not-for-profit, British Conservation Alliance (BCA) told Westminster World he believed the level of spending allocated to roadworks cannot be justified. He said
What does Brexit mean for the film industry? The end of the Brexit transition period on 31st of December will change the way UK and EU screen operations run. https://youtu.be/3bHLSiclCL4 What about the Movement of People, Visas and Immigration? In the past, the UK's TV and film industries have utilised the advantage of free movement, and thrived on this agreement. Discussions are still ongoing on whether UK nationals will have the ability to get short term work permits, for filming contracts. “My main concern lies with immigration,” Sir William Sargent, the chief executive of leading VFX firm told the BFI (British Film industry): “We are a classic cluster – a European centre of excellence. If we mishandle immigration, we will damage that.” Fran
Raheem Sterling speaks out against media representation of black footballers following his recent match against Chelsea FC where he was subject to racist abuse. https://www.instagram.com/p/BrKYvF3gH9e/ In an instagram post Sterling addresses the verbal abuse, highlighting that he is not usually the one to speak on such things but when he thinks his points needs to be heard – he will speak up. In a passionate paragraph he calls out media outlets and makes an example of The Daily Mail’s portrayal of a story about Phil Forden and Tosin Adarabioyo. Both stories discuss how the young players spend their lucrative salary. Sterling wrote: “you have two young players starting out there careers both play for the same team, both have done the right thing. Which is buy a new house for the
English TV Presenter and broadcaster Keith Chegwin passed away on Monday after a 'long term battle with a progressive lung condition'. Popularly known as 'Cheggers', Chegwin had been having lung issues for a while, but 'his condition had rapidly worsened towards the end of this year,' his family said in a public statement. "We are heartbroken to share the news that Keith Chegwin sadly passed away following a long-term battle with a progressive lung condition, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which rapidly worsened towards the end of this year," the statement read, "Keith died peacefully at home shortly after midnight on the 11th of December. His wife Maria, his daughter Rose and his son Ted were by his side." Born in Liverpool, Chegwin had a career spanning five decades. He starte...
Silently sitting in Mariah Carey’s penthouse, Marilyn Monroe’s white piano is locked away from the world. Sold at a private Christie’s auction in 1999, it is unclear if the public will ever be able to view it again. Is the sale of personal memorabilia threatening the loss of parts of music and film history? However, It’s positive news for auction houses. The popularity of film and music memorabilia have steadily increased over the last decade. Christina Moriame from Ewbank Auction house believes its due to “more activities and awareness of sales in this specialism, marketing and being able to be pushed by valuers” another significant point is that “items are becoming older thus more collectible” she added. Auction houses are now cashing in, generating profits boasting far h
A petition calling for the abolishment of the TV license, which funds the BBC channels, has now reached over 100,000 signatures, meaning it will be considered for debate by the parliament. It has gained traction following an undercover investigation by the Daily Mail. A covert reporter discovered that bosses at company Capita pressure employees to find and fine a minimum of 28 people a week. Employees are reportedly offered bonuses of up to £20-25 per person fined over the target number of 28. This can amount to as much as £15,000 per year. The reporter was told by a Capita manager: “We will drive you as hard as we can to get as much as we can out of you because we’re greedy.” LBC radio presenter Nick Ferrari, described the methods as “incredible bullying tactics” on T
UK’s media landscape is inching deeper into the hands hands and pockets of large corporate giants. Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is currently revisiting his bid to buyout UK’s largest broadcaster, Sky. Media activists and politicians are calling foul, flagging the £11 billion takeover as a threat to media plurality, and are asking for the Leveson Inquiry Part Two to take place. ‘News of the World’, owned by Murdoch, was critically discussed at the first inquiry for the newspaper's controversial practices in relation to the phone hacking scandal of murdered teen Milly Dowler. “When you’ve got a news editor telling you that you will print something even you know that is wrong, you get a situation where journalism is compliant — that is basically another form of corporate bullying. We
TV magician Paul Daniels died at home in Berkshire on 17th March. The 77-year-old entertainer had been diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour last month. Daniels was with his wife Debbie McGee in his last hours. His son Gary confirmed the news on Twitter and posted a picture of a crying rabbit sitting in a magician’s hat carrying an Ace card within a broken heart. “It is with incredible sadness that I can confirm that Dad, Paul Daniels, passed away over night”, he wrote. It is with incredible sadness that I can confirm that Dad, @ThePaulDaniels, passed away over night. pic.twitter.com/XhZepFJ4DW — Gary Daniels (@AllNRG) March 17, 2016 "Debbie and the family would like to thank everyone for their support and asks that their privacy be respected at this sad time," his publici