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Discovery Buys Majority Control of Oprah Winfrey Cable Network

Oprah Winfrey gained great fame in 2004 for giving each member of her talk-show audience a brand-new Pontiac G6. Now she’s parting with something else – but not for free.

Discovery Communications said it paid $70 million to increase its stake in the cable-TV venture it operates with Winfrey, the OWN network. Discovery, which had owned 50% of the joint venture since it was established in 2008, will add another 24.5% under its aegis, allowing the company to claim the network’s results on its balance sheet. Winfrey’s Harpo, Inc. will retain a significant minority interest in the media property, and Winfrey will continue in her role as CEO. Her exclusivity commitment to the network has been extended through 2025.”

“This transaction allows Discovery and Oprah to unlock more value from our partnership; extends once more her commitment to the network; and lets us continue our strong work together to nourish OWN viewers with the content they love,” said David Zaslav, CEO of Discovery Communications, in a prepared statement. Over the years, Discovery has spent more than $200 million on the joint venture, putting in $189 million through 2010 and another $50 million in 2011.

The maneuver takes place as Discovery is working through the process to acquire Scripps Networks Interactive, the owner of HGTV and Food Network, for $11.9 billion in cash and stock, and $14.6 billion when debt is included. Like many other media companies, Discovery is seeking to gain scale as rivals grow in size.  AT&T, which already purchased satellite distributor DirecTV in 2015 in a deal valued at approximately $48.5 billion, is hoping to close an $85.4 billion pact to snap up Time Warner, the owner of HBO, CNN, Warner Bros. and DC Comics. Charter Communications broadened its national footprint by acquiring Time Warner Cable in May 2016 for approximately $65 billion. Adding the OWN results to the Scripps purchase would lend Discovery more heft.

Once the transactions are complete,  Discovery expects to be home to five of the top pay-TV networks for women, and represent 20% share of women watching primetime pay-TV in the U.S.
Launched in 2011, OWN has become cable’s top network  for African-American women, led by series such as “Queen Sugar” and “Greenleaf.” OWN has recently unveiled expanded relationships with creative executives such as Ava DuVernay, Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, writer/producer Tarell Alvin McCraney and prolific filmmaker Will Packer.

The transaction marks the first time Winfrey has taken money out of the joint venture since forming it with Discovery nearly a decade ago.

“Creating OWN and seeing it flourish, supported by Discovery and a rapidly growing group of the finest storytellers in film and television, is one of my proudest achievements,” said Winfrey, in a statement. “I’m thrilled with the network’s success and excited about this next chapter in our partnership.”

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Esther Alade to host The Discourse on ABN Radio

From Wednesday 6th December 2017 Esther Alade will be hosting the socio-political and culture talk show ” The Discourse”. The show will broadcast every Wednesday starting from tomorrow from 7am – 1oam

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Reggie Yates quits Top of the Pops over ‘offensive’ Jewish manager remarks

Reggie Yates has stepped down from Top of the Pops after admitting making “offensive” comments about Jewish music managers.

The presenter, 34, had been signed up to host Christmas Day and New Year specials with Fearne Cotton.

Yates, in a statement on Twitter, said: “On a recent podcast, during a discussion about grime artists, I made some ill-considered remarks which have hurt many people. I can see clearly that the words I used reinforced offensive stereotypes, and that there is no context that would justify such remarks.

“My comments are no reflection on how I truly feel, and I would like to apologise unreservedly to the Jewish community, people in the music industry and anyone else I have offended.

“This has been, and continues to be a huge learning experience for me, and on reflection I have taken the decision to step down from hosting Top of the Pops this year.”

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New Style Radio 98.7 FM in breach in 2 shows

Ofcom has found New Style Radio 98.7 FM in breach of rules regarding offensive language during two shows.

The station, which serves Afro-Caribbean communities in the Winson Green area of Birmingham, aired two songs which drew complaints. The first, broadcast during the Coxson Reggae Playlist on 2nd July around 16.30, contained several references to drug use. The second song, during the DJ Denco show on 21st July at 15.40, had lyrics containing sexual references.

In response to Ofcom’s request for comments, the station’s owners, Afro Caribbean Millennium Centre, said the songs “should not have been broadcast as such material is ostensibly offensive”. It added that the song broadcast on 2 July 2017 was played because the presenter was not “fully aware of the details of the lyrics”. On the song broadcast on 21 July 2017, the Licensee said that the presenter had “inadvertently” played a “dirty” version of it.

Following these incidents, ACMC said it had “made it clear to presenters…we will not accept as an adequate explanation for broadcasting offensive material that the presenter is unaware of the content of the song” and that “we are taking stringent measures to ensure that there is no repetition”. It added that “the infringements were inadvertent and not deliberate”.

Ofcom’s decision on the first song, Medication by Desmond Marley was a prolonged, positive endorsement of cannabis which appeared to condone or encourage the use of the drug. They acknowledged that some of the references to drug use were indirect, but as a whole, the references would be likely to have been understood by older children. Therefore, this broadcast was in breach of Rule 1.10 of the Code.

The second song, Get it on Tonite by Montell Jordan with LL Cool J which included sexual references, Ofcom said that some of them were unlikely to be understood by younger children, but some of the more explicit references were likely to have been understood by older children. Because it was broadcast on a Friday at around 15.40 during term-time, with no prior warning, the decision was a breach of Rules 1.3 and 1.5 of the Code.

In addition to these breaches, on 7 December 2015 and 25 September 2017, ACMC was found in breach of the Code for the broadcast of songs which were unsuitable for children at a time when they would particularly be likely to be listening. In view of the breaches in the present case, Ofcom is requesting that ACMC attend a meeting to discuss its compliance in this area.


Young, Gifted, & Grinding: The Black British Hair Industry and Female Entrepreneurs (Documentry)



Young, Gifted and Grinding focuses on innovative black entrepreneurs in Britain who are carving out opportunities for themselves and turning their passion into profit.

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New Initiative To Teach 20,000 Girls How To Code For Free

The Code First: Girls initiative addresses critical gap in the UK’s job market and set to boost the national economy

MULTI-AWARD winning social enterprise Code First: Girls announces today (Dec 5) the launch of its 2020 campaign, to teach 20,000 young women how to code for free by the end of 2020.

Code First: Girls is working with campaign partners and backers from some of the world’s leading employers including KKR and OVH to train young women at the start of their careers from across the UK and Ireland how to code.

The programme will offer training support to employees from the partner companies, with the opportunity to train their young female staff as well as gift free coding courses on the partner’s behalf to young women at other charitable institutions.

In addition to the training, Code First: Girls is building a community platform to support the course alumnae which will enable the 20,000 young women to learn from and support each other; as well as permit the campaigns’ top tier partners access to a pool of 20,000 young women who have completed the coding course and are wanting to explore career opportunities in tech and digital.

To achieve this goal, and on top of the funds raised from key partners, Code First: Girls is opening a £25000 crowd funding campaign. Starting today, any members of the public with a passion for the cause take part in the project, by making a financial pledge to support the campaign, or even gift a course to a young women.

Women are currently underrepresented in the U.K. technology sector and their share in the sector has fallen from 33% in 2002 to 27% today. According to the UK Office of National Statistics in 2017, looking at tech and telco professionals in the U.K., only 3.9% were female programmers and software developers, a number that has gone down from 10% in 2007. And that looks to continue to be a challenge in the coming years. With only 3,775 women registered by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service to take a consumer science degree in 2016 and the overall tech talent pipeline potentially further stressed under Brexit, Code First: Girls 2020 hopes to encourage career age women to pursue careers in tech.

Amali de Alwis, CEO of Code First: Girls, said: “We’re truly delighted to launch our 20K by 2020 programme. The initiative addresses a critical qualifications gap in the job market and has the potential to rapidly improve the UK economy in a significant way. In the UK, between 2011 and 2015, the number of digital tech jobs across the UK grew by 17%.

“That is more than twice the 8% growth seen in non-digital sectors. And with digital jobs paying 44% more than the national average, and 50% of the UK’s digital tech community highlighting a shortage of highly skilled employees, the need for tech and digital talent is massively exceeding the pool of qualified individuals entering the workforce. We think the first place to start addressing this gap is by training more young women to code.

“Our research shows that one of the biggest barriers to women entering the tech industry is education, and our 20:20 campaign is designed to address this by providing skills that are critical to the digital economy,” she added. “Our campaign partners and the individuals who are supporting us via the crowdfund are not only helping us to bring some incredible young women into the tech and digital workforce, but also helps us to support growth to UK businesses with their talent needs through increasingly challenging times.”

Campaign partner KKR, said: “KKR is a major tech investor both in the U.K. and around the world, so we know firsthand how important technology is to the future success and prosperity of the U.K. and Europe,” said Jean-Pierre Saad, Director in KKR’s TMT team in London. “More generally, coding is becoming an increasingly important skill that should be available equally to all, regardless of gender. We are hence delighted to partner with a pioneering organisation like Code First: Girls and support them in tackling gender diversity in tech which we believe will drive better outcomes for businesses and our communities.”

Campaign ambassadors already supporting the campaign include co-founder of Baroness Martha Lane Fox, Dame Stephanie Shirley, Founder of Tech Global Advocates Russ Shaw, and President of Tech UK Jacqueline De Rojas. Code First: Girls has already taught 5000 + women to code in the past three years.

When asked about why she wished to support the campaign, President of Tech UK Jacqueline De Rojas said: “Women are significantly underrepresented in the tech industry and we just can’t allow this situation to remain if we want build a diverse and innovative sector that can underpin our future economy.

“The Code First: Girls 2020 campaign is a vital ingredient in enabling the younger generation to feel empowered to choose from the hugely varied careers available in tech. Whenever I walk into a room where I can see girls coding to create and imagine new applications, I am truly inspired to keep working for a future powered by these exciting, bright minds.”