Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Booze in the news at the Beeb

Saw these two: Public transport 'drink ban plan' Teototalling Tony Blair's gov't is considering banning the consumption of liquor on all forms of public transport — not just automobiles, but planes and trains too. A night out in Helsinki An excerpt: It's Friday night in Helsinki, and the object of the exercise seems to be to get as […]

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Bringing 'Fast Food Nation' to the silver screen — by stealth

Fast Food Nation,the seminal book by American journalist Eric Schlosser, is forming the basis of a forthcoming film by director Richard Linklater (Slacker, Dazed and Confused) that will star Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria, Full of Grace). But they're trying to make it by stealth so they can get into some actual fast food restos. An excerpt […]

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General strike in Nepal over new media law

A new law that forbids news broadcasts and criticisms of Nepal's king has triggered a general strike call on Friday by the country's opposition parties. Another part of the story is the government's threat to close a leading private radio station, Kantipur FM. See the BBC story for details. Here's an earlier news release on […]

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Kuwaiti tribespeople attack TV station after satirical broadcast

Linking the al-Sliba tribe to Saddam Hussein, even by calling him their dog in a satirical TV show, was enough to trigger a visit to the originating TV station by hundreds of angry people. An excerpt from the Oct. 27 BBC story: The protestors scuffled with staff and broke windows at al-Rai's offices in Kuwait City, […]

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