Outgoing BBC director general Mark Thompson is being courted by The New York Times to fill the CEO position Janet Robinson was pushed out of in December, reports the Guardian.
“A source not connected to Thompson said he had had two meetings in London over the past four weeks about the vacant New York Read More
She got snubbed at the Oscars last month, but Glenn Close had a winner’s glow when she arrived to host the premiere of Frozen Planet at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on Thursday.
And for good reason.
Her cross-dressing Albert Nobbs performance has made her an unexpected LGBTQ hero and one of Newsweek’s 150 Fearless Women (one of just four actresses to make the list). As a sudden spokeswoman for gender issues, The Transom wondered what she made of Congressional Republicans’ efforts to limit the availability of contraceptives.
“Shameful, shameful shameful!” Ms. Close, dressed handsomely in a black suit, told us. “Because what’s really behind that is a real violence towards women, it’s about pulling women down to where we were in the ‘50s. I mean it’s disgusting.”
Print to Digital
Andrew Wylie, literary agent, returned for another Monday address to the BBC, this time as a participant in The World At One’s week-long series on the future of publishing. Mr. Wylie criticized publishers for giving 30 percent of potential profits over to what he called “digital device holders” like Amazon and Apple. “I think Read More
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The Observer normally listens to the BBC News Hour while getting ready in the morning, and today we were struck with a real surprise that changed our view of the city ever so much.
As approval ratings for Barack Obama continue to decline at home, world opinion of the United States is rising steadily under his stewardship. A new international survey by the British Broadcasting Company reveals that views of the U.S. around the world have “improved sharply” during the first year of the Obama presidency, with positive opinion Read More
NPR, NYTimes.com and NBC.com were among this year’s top Webby Award winners. Organizers from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences announced the winners this morning, along with the results of The Webby People’s Voice Awards.
The Guardian won the Webby for best newspaper Web site. It was a Read More
Earlier this week, we wrote about heavy cuts that CBS News made to its Tel Aviv bureau shortly before the outbreak of war in Gaza.
The layoffs come at a time when just about everyone in the media is suffering from a serious downturn in advertising.
So how much money will CBS Read More
We have a well-documented love of Doctor Who here at the Observer, so we’d be remiss if we didn’t comment on the announcement from this weekend that a replacement for beloved fop David Tennant, who will leave the show after filming a few specials this year, has finally been found. And the Read More
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before… According to Page Six The Magazine, some Manhattan parents are so desperate to give their children a leg-up on their peers, they’re sending them to Mandarin classes! (And Hindi! And French! And German!)
Page Six‘s Jennifer Rose quotes a parent named Brett Hauser, who pays Read More
Monday: Inside the Actor’s Studio
Like most everyone else, we’re iffy on James Lipton, who hosts Inside the Actor’s Studio. Or maybe we’re just jealous, because he has the best job in the world. Either way, we’ll be recording tonight when he talks to comedian Dave Chappelle for the show’s 200th episode. Or rather, Read More