UK says time to ask if the BBC licence fee is appropriate

17 January 2022, 7:03 PM
Britain said on Monday it would look at the future of the universal licence fee that funds the BBC in light of new technology that had revolutionised the media landscape since the broadcaster was founded 100 years ago.
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"The Book of Boba Fett," a new "Star Wars" series streaming weekly on Disney+, fleshes out the life story of a mysterious bounty hunter who captivated fans with brief appearances in 1980's "The Empire Strikes Back" and 1983's "Return of the Jedi."

Scores of ANC supporters waited in anticipation for Ramaphosa’s speech 8 January 2022, 4:00 PM

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The Academy and Hollywood pay tribute to Sidney Poitier 8 January 2022, 3:35 AM

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Sidney Poitier, first Black actor to win best actor Academy Award, dies at 94 7 January 2022, 7:15 PM

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Slain George family members laid to rest in Tsolo 7 January 2022, 5:48 PM

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US-based auction agrees to suspend auction of key to Nelson Mandela’s prison cell 7 January 2022, 11:58 AM

A United States-based auction house has agreed to suspend its intended auction of the key to Nelson Mandela's jail cell on Robben Island.

New comic book details the life of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr 7 January 2022, 8:54 AM

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New Mexico, New York police work to get Baldwin phone info 7 January 2022, 3:32 AM

New Mexico authorities on Thursday said they were working with police in New York state to obtain material from actor Alec Baldwin's cellphone relating to a probe into the fatal shooting of a cinematographer on the set of Western movie "Rust."

Hollywood “in total shock”, as Omicron variant disrupts awards season 6 January 2022, 9:44 AM

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Music’s Grammy Awards indefinitely postponed as Omicron spreads 6 January 2022, 2:14 AM

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Ukhozi FM song of the year winner says she will not be detered by criticism 5 January 2022, 8:28 PM

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The fire in Parliament has rekindled interest in one of South Africa's most historic artistic masterpieces, the Keiskamma Tapestry. The 120-metre tapestry is one of thousands of rare South African artworks that survived the devastating fire.

Actress Betty White has a last laugh in biographic comic book 5 January 2022, 3:09 AM

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Rare South African artwork survives fire in Parliament 4 January 2022, 7:46 PM

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Israel lifts restrictions on same-sex surrogacy 4 January 2022, 12:31 PM

Israel on Tuesday lifted restrictions barring same-sex couples and single men from becoming parents through surrogacy within the country, upholding a Supreme Court ruling to end the ban.

Sony delays Marvel film ‘Morbius’ to April as Omicron surges 4 January 2022, 7:16 AM

Sony Corp's (6758.T) movie studio is delaying the January release of Marvel superhero movie "Morbius" until April 1, the studio said in a statement on Monday.

Tunisian women hip-hop their way into a male-dominated scene 3 January 2022, 5:56 PM

Creators behind an all-female hip-hop album promoting gender equality in Tunisia hope it will encourage women to break free from social norms.

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Continues Box Office Domination, Crosses $600 Million in North America 3 January 2022, 4:58 AM

Another weekend, another chance for Sony's superhero adventure "Spider-Man: No Way Home" to flex its box office dominance.

Twitter permanently bans US Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene 3 January 2022, 12:16 AM

Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) on Sunday said it permanently banned the personal account of Republican US Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene for tweets that repeatedly violated the social media's misinformation policy on COVID-19.

Spirit of Tweede Nuwejaar Minstrel Parade kept alive through a symbolic demonstration 2 January 2022, 6:05 PM

The Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town has kept the spirit of the tradition of the Tweede Nuwejaar Minstrel Parade alive by staging a symbolic demonstration.

Second Beach in Port St Johns remains a key location to celebrate the new year 2 January 2022, 9:19 AM

Second Beach at Port St Johns on the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape has resumed its place as a key location to celebrate the new year after the lifting of the COVID-19 curfew.

UK honours COVID scientists and medics, Bond actor Daniel Craig 2 January 2022, 3:21 AM

Britain recognised the scientists and medical chiefs at the forefront of the battle against COVID-19 in Queen Elizabeth’s annual New Year’s honours list, while James Bond actor Daniel Craig was given the same award as his famous onscreen character.

Gauteng welcomes 150 New Years’ Day babies 1 January 2022, 6:31 PM

As many ushered in the New Year with fireworks and other festivities. There was a different kind of fireworks for Gauteng maternity wards. 150 Babies were born in the province by Saturday afternoon.

Cathay Pacific sacks two aircrew for breaching COVID-19 rules 1 January 2022, 5:13 PM

Hong Kong flagship carrier Cathay Pacific Airways said on Saturday two of its aircrew whom have tested positive for the Omicron variant were sacked for breaching medical surveillance regulations.

KwaZulu-Natal welcomes over 33 New Year Day babies 1 January 2022, 2:42 PM

As of 9 am today, the Province of KwaZulu-Natal has welcomed over  33 New Year babies from healthcare facilities across the Province. The Province's first New Year's baby was born at Mosvold Hospital, under Umkhanyakude District, shortly after midnight.

‘Rest in Peace, Queen Betty White’: celebrities react to news of the death of Betty White 1 January 2022, 4:37 AM

Comedic actress Betty White, who capped a career of more than 80 years by becoming America's geriatric sweetheart after Emmy-winning roles on television sitcoms "The Golden Girls" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," died on Friday, less than three weeks shy of her 100th birthday.