It's Just Murdoch Against the World, Baby
It’s no big surprise that the British Broadcasting System is ruling out putting their content behind a paywall. After all, the BBC receives $230 dollars a year in taxes from every TV owner in the UK, which makes its annual income from tax nearly $6 billion. It’s called a license fee and it’s why the BBC is expanding while other news companies are contracting faster than icecaps.
To counteract the trend, the news media’s biggest player, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, has announced it is moving ahead with plans to charge for its online content. The Times of London expects to make users pay for its online content as early as next spring.
The BBC has been accused by Murdoch of stealing content from his news companies for its own public broadcasting. Once the paywalls are in place, Murdoch says he is ready to sue for copyright violations.
At a time when banks and governments are apologizing for their spendthrift ways, the BBC is drawing criticism for not reigning in its own top-heavy payroll. The Daily Telegraph criticized the BBC yesterday for paying its executives 10 times the average British wage.
Murdoch, for his part, has been on a roll. He recently weighed in on the future of the print business, saying that electronic readers like Amazon’s Kindle, which has just increased battery life by 85% and will now support PDF files, will be needed to save the newspaper industry from bankruptcy. And now he is going after Google.
The CEO of News Corp. is reportedly seeking payment from Microsoft to remove all his news content from Google’s searchable index.
Microsoft hopes to rival Google with its own search engine, Bing.
Is it an empty threat to remove so much news content from Google’s index? The New York Times quotes Murdoch as saying:
“The fact is there’s not enough advertising in the world to go around to make all the Web sites profitable. And we’d rather have fewer people coming to our Web site, but paying.”
Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.
- Community healthcare workers face many challenges in their work, including often traveling far distances to see their clients
- Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
- Pfizer partnered with AMP and the World Health Organization to develop a training program for healthcare workers.
The stories we tell define history. So who gets the mic in America?
- History is written by lions. But it's also recorded by lambs.
- In order to understand American history, we need to look at the events of the past as more prismatic than the narrative given to us in high school textbooks.
- Including different voices can paint a more full and vibrant portrait of America. Which is why more walks of American life can and should be storytellers.
There is no doubt that the historical Jesus, the man who was executed by the Roman State in the first century CE, was a brown-skinned, Middle Eastern Jew.
I grew up in a Christian home, where a photo of Jesus hung on my bedroom wall. I still have it. It is schmaltzy and rather tacky in that 1970s kind of way, but as a little girl I loved it. In this picture, Jesus looks kind and gentle, he gazes down at me lovingly. He is also light-haired, blue-eyed, and very white.
Orangutans join humans and bees in a very exclusive club
- Orangutan mothers wait to sound a danger alarm to avoid tipping off predators to their location
- It took a couple of researchers crawling around the Sumatran jungle to discover the phenomenon
- This ability may come from a common ancestor
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