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Vice News sparks debate on engaging younger viewers

theguardian.com — Broadcast news executives are wrestling with the problem of how to get digital-focused younger viewers to watch their output. Three-quarters of adults say they get their news from TV and they watch an average of 115 hours of coverage a year each.
Aug 23, 2014

Vice News sparks debate on engaging younger viewers gu.com/p/4xxjv/tw via @guardian

Aug 23, 2014

.@ViceNews: "We are not trying to put things into 2 or 3 minutes.... If it is 36 minutes it runs for 36 minutes." theguardian.com/media/2014/aug…

Aug 23, 2014

RT @guardian: Vice News sparks debate on engaging younger viewers gu.com/p/4xxjv/tw

Sale of the century: the privatisation scam

theguardian.com — Train fares are going up. We learned that last week, although "learn" is putting it strongly. We knew they would. It's not as if they would go down: train fares go up, like electricity bills, gas bills, water bills, rent and chief executives' salaries.
Aug 23, 2014

"@edbearryman: Sale of the century: the privatisation scam via @guardian gu.com/p/4vqhp" Long. Blindingly coherent and a must-read

Aug 23, 2014

RT @ordinarycharles: "Competition shows the best companies to run our privatised railways are state-owned railways from other countries" theguardian.com/politics/2014/…

Aug 23, 2014

Best piece this weekend: the privatisation of Britain. "Electricity, water, rail - they are all taxes we pay now": theguardian.com/politics/2014/…

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Blame poverty, not race, say Ferguson's white minority

theguardian.com — Ferguson's white Republican mayor, James Knowles, is clear: he will tell anyone who listens that there is no racial divide in the town, which has been hit by a fortnight of protest over the killing of a young African American, Michael Brown, by a white policeman. Knowles's predecessor, Brian Fletcher, has a different take.
Aug 23, 2014

RT @ChrisMcGreal: Former mayor Ferguson: "Sure we're segregated. Most cities are. People want to be with people that look like them" gu.com/p/4xxtm/tw

Aug 23, 2014

Former mayor Ferguson: "Sure we're segregated. Most cities are. People want to be with people that look like them" gu.com/p/4xxtm/tw

Aug 23, 2014

"You know the term 'the other side of the tracks'? It's the truth. It's been that way, it is that way..." #Ferguson theguardian.com/world/2014/aug…

Aug 23, 2014

theguardian.com/world/2014/aug… White people in Missouri too busy feeling persecuted by imaginary things to worry about real problems in their state.

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Gay bathhouses across US face an uncertain future

theguardian.com — Gay bathhouses that once remained in the shadows to stay in business are now seeking attention to keep their doors open. Some are doing aggressive online advertising and community outreach. Others tout upscale amenities like plush towels and marble baths. A bathhouse in Ohio has even added hotel rooms and a nightclub.

Tim Howard has his Everton and international future all planned out

theguardian.com — It should not be difficult prising an uplifting World Cup tale from Tim Howard. After all, this is the man who set a record of 15 saves against Belgium, was thanked by Barack Obama, replaced Chuck Hagel as the US secretary of defence on Wikipedia as his internet profile went viral and has guest-starred on comedian Jason Sudeikis's latest episode of Ted Lasso, the hapless US soccer coach fired after six and a half hours by Tottenham.

Channel 4 wins channel of the year at Edinburgh TV festival

theguardian.com — Channel 4 has won the channel of the year prize at the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival and the "TV moment of the year" for its documentary series Educating Yorkshire. The broadcaster, responsible for the most controversial show of 2014 in Benefits Street, won the award for the first time since 2010.
Aug 23, 2014

Channel 4 wins channel of the year at Edinburgh TV festival bit.ly/1zhtYOV

Aug 23, 2014

RT @guardiannews: Channel 4 wins channel of the year at Edinburgh TV festival t.gu.com/2MgoZk

Hamas says it will back any Palestinian bid to join international criminal court

theguardian.com — Hamas has signed a pledge to back any Palestinian bid to join the international criminal court, a move which could expose both the Islamist group and Israel to war crimes investigations.
Aug 23, 2014

RT @JFXM: Hamas to back Palestinian bid to join ICC, despite possibility of group being exposed to war crimes investigation. gu.com/p/4xxt4/tw

Aug 23, 2014

Hamas to back Palestinian bid to join ICC, despite possibility of group being exposed to war crimes investigation. gu.com/p/4xxt4/tw

Aug 23, 2014

RT @guardian: Hamas says it will back any Palestinian bid to join international criminal court gu.com/p/4xxt4/tw

Isis fighters surround Syrian airbase in rapid drive to recapture lost territory

theguardian.com — Islamic State extremists rampaging through Iraq have now turned their sights back towards Syria, where only a besieged airbase stands between the terror group and a rush for the Mediterranean coast that could split the country in two.
Aug 23, 2014

RT @PaulSonne: Isis now controls a swath of land slightly larger than the UK and holds sway over a population of at least 4 million. gu.com/p/4xxc2/tw

Aug 23, 2014

RT @Charles_Lister: MidEast diplomat: “The Islamic State is now the most capable military power in the Middle East outside #Israeltheguardian.com/world/2014/aug… #Iraq

Aug 23, 2014

"The Islamic State is now the most capable military power in the Middle East outside #Israel" theguardian.com/world/2014/aug… #Syria #Iraq

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The Kate Bush Story: Running Up That Hill review - 'the most beautiful mystery'

theguardian.com — When Kate Bush got her £3,000 record deal from EMI at 16, she used some of it to pay for dance classes with the legendary choreographer Lindsay Kemp. In last night's The Kate Bush Story: Running Up That Hill (BBC 4), a documentary about the singer-songwriter broadcast on the near-eve of her first tour in 35 years, he remembered how he had to coax her forward from the back row - .

Thousands march in New York over Eric Garner and Michael Brown police deaths

theguardian.com — Thousands of people gathered in the New York borough of Staten Island on Saturday, to protest near the spot where Eric Garner, an unarmed 43-year-old black man, was killed last month after white police officers used an illegal chokehold while trying to subdue and arrest him.
Aug 23, 2014

Thousands march in New York over Eric Garner and Michael Brown police deaths gu.com/p/4xxkf/tw

Roshan Muhammed Salih

theguardian.com — Roshan Muhammed Salih is head of news in London for Press TV
Aug 23, 2014

RT @jeremyduns: Oh, how surprising. 5Pillarz' editor @RmSalih, author of the despicable article claiming MI6 beheaded James Foley: theguardian.com/profile/roshan…

Emmys 2014 bracket: championship round for the best TV show

theguardian.com — Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones: it's the final round of our Emmy's bracket. Vote for the show that deserves to win it all
Aug 23, 2014

I knew it was too much to expect House of Cards to beat Game of Thrones. Last round: Breaking Bad v. Game of Thrones theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2…

Private hospitals should be put under the same scrutiny as NHS services

theguardian.com — Earlier this week a report published by the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI) called for much greater transparency about the quality of healthcare in the private sector. The health thinktank claimed that patients undergoing operations in private hospitals are sometimes exposed to risk from inadequate equipment, lack of intensive care beds, unsafe staffing arrangements, and poor medical record keeping.
Aug 23, 2014

Private hospitals should be put under the same scrutiny as #NHS services ubm.io/1p1Jfx6

The one that got away: Joe Dunthorne

theguardian.com — Just before she broke up with me, I can remember my girlfriend saying, "You can be the one who got away." This was a clever move. She was trying to position me as the free spirit who, at 19, could not be contained by anything as trivial as love.
Aug 23, 2014

Of all poignant, wistful 'the one that got away' stories in @guardianweekend, Joe Dunthorne def my fave theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2…

Sky Arts chief: BBC push is ‘not frightening’

theguardian.com — The new director of Sky Arts has laid down his vision for his channels, which include a horror-themed season for the acclaimed Playhouse Presents series, and said he is not "frightened" by the BBC's renewed push into arts coverage.
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