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NBCUniversal wants to increase diversity, starts "Fifty Percent Challenge Initiative"
NBCUniversal wants to increase diversity, starts "Fifty Percent Challenge Initiative"
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NBCUniversal has announced that in an effort to increase diversity and inclusion in its workforce, it is starting the "Fifty Percent Challenge Initiative". The initiative, which was sent out in a memo to employees at NBCUniversal News Group, calls to have a workforce made up of 50 percent people of colour and 50 percent women but the network has not included a timeline.

"We want to increase diversity and inclusion both in front of and behind the camera, and earn the trust of every community in America that relies on us for exceptional journalism,” so Cesar Conde, chairman of the NBCUniversal News Group.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
Tim Davie named new BBC director-general
Tim Davie at a Creative Britain event at the Foreign Office in London, 14 May 2014.
Tim Davie at a Creative Britain event at the Foreign Office in London, 14 May 2014. Credit: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Tim Davie has been appointed as the new BBC director-general, replacing Tony Hall who announced his departure in January 2020. Davie, who previously served as head of BBC Studios, said he was honoured by the appointment and that he plans to "accelerate change" and "continue to reform, make clear choices and stay relevant".

He added: "This has been a critical time for the UK and these past few months have shown just how much the BBC matters to people. Our mission has never been more relevant, important or necessary. I have a deep commitment to content of the highest quality and impartiality."

Politics • Asian
Philippines' ABS-CBN ordered to cease operations
ABS-CBN Broadcasting Centre
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The Philippines broadcaster ABS-CBN was forced by order from the National Telecommunications Commission to cease operations on Tuesday. ABS-CBN's broadcasting license expired on Monday and the parliament dominated by President Rodrigo Duterte loyalists wouldn't renew their license. Duterte has been threatening to block ABS-CBN's renewal after the channel has angered him in the past. NTC Deputy Commissioner Edgardo Cabarios said that the network could appeal through court.