Tag Archives | BBC

Killer on the Road: The Uneasy Connections Between Serial Killers and America’s Highways

Picture: Serial Killer Ottis Toole, Jacksonville Police Department (PD)

Interested in serial killers and the darker side of the American myth of progress? Check out a short video from the BBC on Ginger Strand’s new book Killer on the Road. Here’s a description of the book:

Killer on the Road tells the entwined stories of America’s highways and its highway killers. There’s the hot-rodding juvenile delinquent who led the National Guard on a multistate manhunt; the wannabe highway patrolman who murdered hitchhiking coeds; the record promoter who preyed on “ghetto kids” in a city reshaped by freeways; the nondescript married man who stalked the interstates seeking women with car trouble; and the trucker who delivered death with his cargo. Thudding away behind these grisly crime sprees is the story of the interstates—how they were sold, how they were built, how they reshaped the nation, and how we came to equate them with violence.

Read the rest
Continue Reading

Court Bans BBC From Broadcasting Film About U.K. Riots

Reminiscent of Chinese authorities’ attitudes towards attempts to shed light on Tiananmen Square. The Guardian reports:

The ruling from a judge prevented the docu-drama, which had been due to be broadcast at 9pm on Monday, from being broadcast “by any media until further order”. The channel’s executives were forced to pull the film, which is based on the testimony of interviews conducted for the Guardian and London School of Economics research into the disorder.

For legal reasons, the Guardian cannot name the judge who made the ruling, the court in which he is sitting or the case he is presiding over. However, it is understood that lawyers for the BBC strongly object to his ruling, the nature of which is believed to be highly unusual.

The script from the programme, written by the award-winning playwright Alecky Blythe, was produced from verbatim transcripts of interviews conducted as part of the Reading the Riots study, which conducted confidential interviews with 270 rioters.

Read the rest
Continue Reading

Adam Curtis Paints Rupert Murdoch As Satan

Rupert Murdoch - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2007. Source: World Economic Forum (www.weforum.org) (CC)

Rupert Murdoch at the 2007 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. (CC)

The British phone hacking saga has brought to light the Machiavellian machinations of Rupert Murdoch and his News Corporation like never before. Ted Hope reminds us on his blog today that the BBC’s amazing Adam Curtis (The Power of Nightmares) wrote very revealingly about Murdoch earlier this year (using great video clips — go to the source to view them):

Rupert Murdoch doesn’t like the BBC.

And sometimes the BBC doesn’t seem to like Rupert Murdoch either.

Following the principle that you should know your enemy, the BBC has assiduously recorded the relentless rise of Rupert Murdoch and his assault on the old “decadent” elites of Britain.

And I thought it would be interesting to put up some of the high points.

It is also a good way to examine how far his populist rhetoric is genuine, and how far its is a smokescreen to disguise the interests of another elite.

Read the rest
Continue Reading

Tesla Sues BBC Over Rigging Electric Car Test

Tesla/TopGearThe makers of a popular electric car sued the British Broadcasting Corporation for libel, alleging that they rigged the results in a recent test.

Tesla Motors says the broadcaster faked the car’s running out of power, with the show’s host then announcing “it’s just a shame that in the real world it doesn’t seem to work.”

Tesla also charges “malicious falsehood” for the reporter’s claim that somehow “while it was being charged its brakes had broken,” and for implying that after it overheated it became immobile. In addition, the BBC also reported the car traveled only 55 miles on a single charge instead of 200 (thus implying that Tesla lied about its mileage).

The text of their lawsuit is available as a PDF, while the BBC has issued a statement that they “stand by the programme and will be vigorously defending this claim.”

Read the rest

Continue Reading

The BBC’s April Fool’s Day Spaghetti Tree Hoax (Video)

Spaghetti HarvestGood to discover that the BBC has a much better sense of humor than American news networks, even in 1957. Via Wikipedia:
The spaghetti tree hoax is a famous 3-minute hoax report broadcast on April Fools' Day 1957 by the BBC current affairs program Panorama. It told a tale of a family in southern Switzerland harvesting spaghetti from the fictitious spaghetti tree, broadcast at a time when this Italian dish was not widely eaten in the UK and some Britons were unaware spaghetti is a pasta made from wheat flour and water. Hundreds of viewers phoned into the BBC, either to say the story was not true, or wondering about it, with some even asking how to grow their own spaghetti trees. Decades later CNN called this broadcast "the biggest hoax that any reputable news establishment ever pulled."
Continue Reading

‘Doctor Who’ Auction By The BBC: Buy Your Very Own Dalek

TardisThe BBC needs money and apparently they are desperate enough to try selling old ‘Doctor Who’ props. For fans of the classic sci-fi show, be sure to listen to the new disinformation® podcast where Henry Lincoln talks about how he became the show’s writer. Here’s the story about this month’s auction at London auction house Bonhams, from the Guardian:

Monsters and villains which have sent generations of Doctor Who fans fleeing for the safety of the back of the sofa will go under the hammer this month.

Costumes worn by Kylie Minogue and David Tennant and Billie Piper are also included in the sale at Bonhams.

Daleks and several Cybermen have avoided extermination to make it into the sale room.

Among the highlights are Minogue’s waitress costume worn when she played Astrid Perth in the 2007 special Voyage of the Damned. It is expected to fetch up to £3,000.

From the same special, 10th Doctor Tennant’s two-piece Paul Smith dinner suit is also valued at the same amount.

Read the rest
Continue Reading