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He May Have Been First to Report John Lennon's Death

WLIR's Steve North remembers that night, as does a BBC reporter at the scene 40 years ago

(Newser) - On this night exactly 40 years ago, Mark David Chapman fatally shot John Lennon outside the Dakota apartment building where Lennon lived. Two journalists who reported on the events in 1980 reflect on the anniversary:
  • The first? WLIR's Steve North writes in the Daily Beast that he believes he
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BBC Decides Who Will Lead Probe Into Diana Interview

A former Supreme Court judge will lead the investigation

(Newser) - The BBC’s board of directors has approved the appointment of a retired senior judge to lead an independent investigation into the circumstances around a controversial 1995 TV interview with Princess Diana, the broadcaster said Wednesday. The announcement came after Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, made renewed claims this month...

BBC Agrees to Investigate Famous Diana Interview

Princess' brother has said the family was deceived in 1995 by fake documents

(Newser) - Under pressure from Princess Diana's brother, the BBC has announced it will commission an outside investigation into how it obtained her family's support in obtaining a 1995 interview. Charles Spencer has accused Martin Bashir, who conducted the interview, of faking documents to make it appear people connected to...

It's a Legendary Interview. Diana's Brother Wants a Probe

Charles Spencer alleges Martin Bashir interview only happened because of fake documents

(Newser) - "Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded." As far as celebrity interviews go, it's hard to land a bigger line. That was what Princess Diana said to Martin Bashir of her estranged husband and Camilla Parker-Bowles in a legendary...

Crowd Laughed at Johnson, but Not in BBC Clip

Network calls it a mistake after editing audience's reaction to question asked of the candidate

(Newser) - Boris Johnson could well have fretted that a bit of mocking during a debate of British party leaders would made him look bad. Not to worry. When the BBC showed the clip on its newscast the next day, the audience's response to a question asked of Johnson had been...

Prince Andrew on Epstein Accuser: I Don't Remember Meeting Her

In BBC interview, prince also says 2010 stay with Epstein was 'definitely the wrong thing to do'

(Newser) - Prince Andrew's interview with the BBC airs Saturday night in the UK, and snippets are dribbling out. The 59-year-old royal sits down with BBC Newsnight's Emily Maitlis, who interrogates him about his links to the late Jeffrey Epstein, including on claims by accuser Virginia Giuffre that she was...

'No Holds Barred' as Prince Andrew Talks Epstein

BBC Newsnight interview airs Saturday

(Newser) - Prince Andrew has for the first time answered questions on his ties to the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Queen Elizabeth II's second son sat down with the BBC on Thursday for a "no holds barred interview" that was the result of six months of negotiations with Buckingham...

BBC Host Fired for 'Unthinking Gag' About Baby Archie

Danny Baker tweeted pic that showed new royal baby as a chimpanzee

(Newser) - While the world gobbled up news about the new royal baby this week, a BBC broadcaster had another way of heralding the arrival of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor—and he's since been fired for it. The BBC reports that after the announcement of Archie's birth, Danny Baker, host of...

Trump Supporter Attacks BBC Cameraman

Crowd chanted 'Let him go' as man was taken away

(Newser) - A BBC cameraman became part of the story while covering President Trump's rally in El Paso on Monday night. Ron Skeans says he received a "very hard shove" from a man in a MAGA hat who attacked the BBC and other news crews during the rally. Skeans says...

She Woke Up From Bike Crash and Couldn't Speak English

British woman reverts to the German she grew up with

(Newser) - Britain's Hannah Jenkins got knocked unconscious when she collided with another bicyclist, and when she woke up in the hospital, she couldn't figure out why the doctors and nurses weren't speaking English. Except, as the BBC explains, they were. Jenkins, however, couldn't understand a thing: The...

New Doctor Who Barbie Doll Is Groundbreaking —and Confusing

Doll based on Jodie Whittaker, the first woman to play the Doctor in sci-fi series

(Newser) - Jodie Whittaker is the 13th person to play the Doctor in Doctor Who, and the first woman, and that first has prompted yet another. Boing Boing reports on a limited-edition Barbie based on the iconic character, an offering coinciding with Sunday's premiere of the 11th season of the BBC...

Netflix Just Picked Up a Huge New Series

'Bodyguard' premieres on the streaming service Oct. 24

(Newser) - Bodyguard premiered on BBC One recently to the highest launch numbers for any new drama on any UK channel in a decade—and Netflix just picked it up. The "terror thriller," as Deadline describes it, is about a war veteran assigned to protect the home secretary in his...

Police Said It Was Suicide. Then She Saw the Letter

How Lee-Anne Cartier revealed her brother's death was really murder

(Newser) - "We had nothing else to go on," Lee-Anne Cartier tells the BBC . Her brother, Phil Nisbet, was found dead in his truck in May 2009, and police pegged it as a suicide. A toxicology report revealed high levels of an antihistamine he was knowingly allergic to, and Cartier...

Martina 'Angry' BBC Pays Her 10 Times Less Than McEnroe

'It's still the good old boys' network,' tennis star says of Wimbledon pay disparity

(Newser) - The BBC has exposed a gender pay gap taking place within … itself. And among the women getting the short end of the stick is tennis great Martina Navratilova, who said she was thrown to find out she was getting paid 10 times less than John McEnroe by the broadcaster...

The Girls Are Made Beautiful, With a 'Deadly Consequence'

A look at Boko Haram's use of female suicide bombers

(Newser) - The Chibok girls were infamously taken by Boko Haram in 2014. That was the same year the group used a female suicide bomber for the first time. Writing for the BBC , Vladimir Hernandez and Stephanie Hegarty look at the group's practice of using suicide bombers—noting the militants far...

Queen Learns Where Crown Jewels Were Hidden in War

Inside a cookie tin

(Newser) - A BBC documentary that aired last weekend about Queen Elizabeth had all kinds of interesting royal nuggets, but one revelation in particular was news to the queen herself. The makers of The Coronation were able to tell Elizabeth where her father hid the most precious of the crown jewels during...

Female BBC Editor Just Shamed Broadcaster Over Pay

Carrie Gracie leaves her high-profile post in China in protest of wage gap

(Newser) - The BBC's China editor has resigned her position in Beijing in protest over what she called a failure to sufficiently address a gap in compensation between men and women at the public broadcaster. Carrie Gracie said she would stay with the BBC and "return to my former post...

Obama to Harry: 'Serenity' on the Day I Left Office

Prince interviews former president for BBC in the first since he left the White House

(Newser) - Former President Obama told Prince Harry in a BBC interview broadcast Wednesday that despite the sense that much important work remained unfinished on the day he left the White House, "there was a serenity there, more than I would have expected." Obama said it's "hugely liberating"...

Teen Writes to Favorite Radio Program, Gets 2 Years in Prison

How a BBC program gave East Germans a way to speak their minds

(Newser) - Karl-Heinz Borchardt is a lecturer at Germany's University of Greifswald. But 47 years ago, he was an 18-year-old being removed from his family's home in East Germany and hauled off to jail by the secret police. Borchardt's crime? Writing letters to his favorite radio program. The BBC...

Women Presenters to BBC: Pay Up, Now

Call for broadcaster to even their pay with men now, not 2020, after wide gaps revealed

(Newser) - Prominent women at the BBC are calling on the broadcaster to resolve its recently revealed gender pay gap immediately rather than in several years, reports the AP . TV personalities including Clare Balding, Victoria Derbyshire, and others wrote an open letter Sunday to the BBC's top manager saying that plans...

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