Big Brother’s creator, John de Mol, is to appear in court in a legal dispute over who created ITV’s swivel-chair singing show The Voice. On Tuesday the talent show will be in the spotlight in a case brought by Irishman Roy Barry, who claims he, rather than the Dutch production company founded by de Mol, Talpa Media, came up with the hit format. For six years Barry has been pushing for de Mol and other Talpa executives to be questioned in court over who first had the idea for The Voice.
Snobbery and “lazy contempt” from critics and social media is killing the sitcom, according to Blackadder writer Ben Elton. The comedian and author warned “we are in danger of losing something of real value in our culture”, pointing to shows now regarded as British television classics such as Dad’s Army, Fawlty Towers and Only Fools & Horses.
Peter Kosminsky was uncertain that any broadcaster would want to touch his no-holds-barred portrait of life inside Raqqa, the capital of Islamic State. But the writer and director’s four-part drama based on the lives of four Britons who join the “caliphate”, entitled simply The State, will air on two channels – Channel 4 and National Geographic at the end of this month. “I can’t see any other broadcaster in the UK being prepared to risk it. It’s the kind of thing we rely on Channel 4 to do.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".