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Turkey to block Periscope during live football broadcasts

Ankara - A Turkish court on Saturday ruled to block the live video-streaming service Periscope during top flight football matches, following a demand from the company with the exclusive rights to broadcast the games.

YouTube launches first series in Spanish, starring Gael Garcia Bernal

New York - Online video platform YouTube announced Friday plans to launch several series in Spanish for the first time, one of which will feature Mexican movie star Gael Garcia Bernal.

Berlusconi sinks nationalist pick to run Italy state broadcaster

Rome - The nomination of a nationalist conspiracy theorist to head state broadcaster RAI was rejected Wednesday after Silvio Berlusconi led parliamentary opposition to a candidate proposed by the media magnate's supposed political allies.

CBS weighs Moonves suspension over assault claims: report

San Francisco - CBS directors are weighing whether chairman and chief executive Leslie Moonves should step aside as the US television network investigates claims he sexually harassed women, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

CBS titan Moonves accused of sexual misconduct

New York - A bombshell article published in The New Yorker on Friday accused CBS chairman and chief executive, Leslie Moonves, of sexual misconduct stretching back decades and painted a broader picture of similar behavior within the most watched US television net...

CBS titan Moonves accused of sexual misconduct

New York - A bombshell article published in The New Yorker on Friday accused CBS chairman and chief executive, Leslie Moonves, of sexual misconduct stretching back decades and painted a broader picture of similar behavior within America's most watched television ...

US host's gibe over 'African-ness' of World Cup victors sparks wider debate

Washington - A light-hearted quip about a soccer team has sparked a serious debate about identity politics and the merits of France's "colorblind" republican model versus American multiculturalism.

US host spars with French envoy over 'African-ness' of World Cup champs

Washington - The host of America's late-night TV program "The Daily Show" has drawn the ire of France's ambassador to the US after joking that "Africa won the World Cup.

Netflix shares dive as subscriber growth misses mark

San Francisco - Netflix shares plunged Monday after the leading streaming television service said subscriber growth fell short of expectations in the recently ended quarter.Membership in the quarter grew 5.

Fire engulfs celebrated TV drama set in Istanbul: official

Istanbul - A celebrated outdoor film set in Istanbul, used in a number of top-rating Turkish soap dramas, caught fire on Friday but there were no casualties, local officials said.

Broadcasters are World Cup losers owing to piracy trend in Africa

Libreville - Blaise has a beer in his hand, he's in front of a TV screen showing the World Cup, and the smile on his face suggests life doesn't get much better than this.

UK TV star Alan Sugar accused of racism over World Cup tweet

London - British businessman turned BBC TV star Alan Sugar came under fire Wednesday after tweeting a picture of the Senegal national football team with the caption "I recognise some of these guys from the beach in Marbella".

Preach! Indonesia's got Ramadan talent

Jakarta - It's a make or break moment for Indonesian high schooler Puteri Ara and her hijab-clad friends as they rap about religious tolerance to a cheering TV studio audience.

France bans 'big screen' zones for World Cup over terror fears

Paris - The threat of terrorist attacks in France has put paid to fans' hopes of watching the World Cup on big screens in public spaces, France's ministry for the interior announced Tuesday.

Celebrity chef Mario Batali accused of sexual assault: report

New York - Already accused of sexual harassment and groping, US celebrity chef Mario Batali now faces allegations that he sexually assaulted impaired women at a New York restaurant, CBS television's "60 Minutes" reported Sunday.

Over 29 million watched royal wedding in US: monitor

Washington - More than 29 million people watched on television in the United States as Britain's Prince Harry married American actress Megan Markle, according to Nielsen ratings released Sunday.The estimated 29.

US film explores legacy of anti-Chinese immigration law

Los Angeles - More than a century before President Donald Trump began blocking arrivals from the Middle East and Africa, the American immigration debate was already being forged in the crucible of Chinese exclusion.

Israeli singer suffered weight taunts on road to Eurovision glory

Jerusalem - "My unique look is a crazy advantage," Eurovision Song Contest winner Netta Barzilai says of her act, in which she struts and clucks in a multicoloured kimono, hair in magenta-streaked buns.

Israel wins Eurovision with #MeToo inspired song

Lisbon - Israel won the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon early Sunday after singer Netta Barzilai beat 25 other contestants with her uptempo song "Toy" whose lyrics were inspired by the #MeToo movement.

Eurovision Song Contest final kicks off in Portugal

Lisbon - Cyprus and Israel were frontrunners as the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, the annual song and dance fest known for its outrageous costumes and glitz, kicked off in Lisbon on Saturday night.

Barred by Kiev, Russian singer gets another shot at Eurovision

Lisbon - Blocked from taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest in Ukraine last year due to a row between Moscow and Kiev, Russian singer Yuliya Samoilova says participating in Lisbon this week will be a "dream come true".

Refugee baby inspires French Eurovision quest

Paris - French pop duo "Madame Monsieur" hope a song inspired by the plight of a refugee baby plucked from a sinking boat in the Mediterranean will strike a chord at next week's Eurovision song contest.

Cosby: from US cultural icon to convicted sex offender

Norristown - From US cultural icon blazing past racial barriers to convicted sex offender: Thursday's guilty verdict will now likely see Bill Cosby, "America's Dad," swap a life of wealth and privilege for prison.

Bill Cosby found guilty of sexual assault

Norristown - US television icon Bill Cosby was convicted of sexual assault Thursday in the first celebrity courtroom battle of the #MeToo era -- a combative retrial that capped his fall from grace and offered vindication to scores of women who accused him of abuses...

US jury deliberations to continue Thursday in Cosby retrial

Norristown - A US jury will deliberate for a second day Thursday in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial, tasked with deciding whether the disgraced megastar drugged and molested a young woman at his home 14 years ago.

US jury begins deliberations in Cosby trial

Norristown - A Pennsylvania jury began deliberations Wednesday in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial, tasked with deciding whether the disgraced megastar drugged and molested a young woman at his home 14 years ago.

Con man versus pathological liar? Closings at Cosby trial

Norristown - A con man who exploited his fame as "America's Dad" to betray women's trust by drugging and sexually assaulting them, or a misguided married man hoodwinked by a money-grabbing, pathological liar?

Defense urges US jury to acquit Bill Cosby

Norristown - Bill Cosby's lawyers Tuesday urged a US jury to acquit the disgraced star of alleged sexual assault and save him from "ruin," savaging the case against him in the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.

ABBA reunites — with avatars — for TV tribute

Stockholm - It's the closest thing yet to an ABBA reunion: computerised avatars of Sweden's legendary disco group will perform during a televised tribute to the quartet to be broadcast this autumn, ABBA member Bjorn Ulvaeus said Thursday.

'I could not fight him off,' accuser tells Cosby retrial

Norristown - The Canadian massage therapist Bill Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting 14 years ago testified Friday that she went "limp and could not fight him off.
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