BBC to cut 1,000 jobs as tablet replaces TV


The British Broadcasting Corporation will cut more than 1,000 jobs to cover a 150-million-pound (US$234.21 million) gap in license fee income next financial year as millions of viewers turn off their televisions and watch programs on tablets and mobile phones.

The BBC, the largest broadcaster in the world, is grappling with swiftly changing viewing practices, the fallout from failing to investigate a prolific child abuser in its ranks, and scrutiny from the David Cameron government ahead of a review of BBC funding next year.

BBC chief Tony Hall told employees he wanted to forge a leaner organization with fewer layers of management to cope with the expected shortfall from the annual 145.50 pound license fee that every UK household with a television must pay.

“A simpler, leaner, BBC is the right thing to do and it can also help us meet the financial challenges we face,” Director General Hall, 64, said.

“There are very tough things happening out there and the hard choice that is happening to us is that the number of households with TVs is diminishing, slowly, but it is diminishing.”

Some Britons have discarded their televisions — the main source of home viewing for half a century — in favor of tablets which many younger people use to watch programs over a wireless Internet connection.

The BBC’s Head of News, James Harding, last month predicted that by 2025, most people in the United Kingdom would probably get their television programs over the Internet.

“The Internet has ripped a hole in the business model of many great news organizations,” said Harding.

Just 69 percent of viewing by British adults is now through live TV and among 16- to 24-year-olds only 50 percent of viewing was done through live TV, the country’s telecoms regulator said.

The BBC and other public service broadcasters must keep up with the shift to online viewing to ensure they retain a high visibility and can compete with rival services from Netflix and Amazon, the regulator said.

The rise in online viewing services justifies making British people pay the license fee for using them, the BBC said.

The government will review the BBC’s funding structure when it negotiates a new, so-called Royal Charter ahead of the expiry of the current agreement at the end of 2016.

But some ministers have questioned the license fee funding model, which accounted for 73 percent of the BBC’s 5-billion-pound income in the 2013-14 financial year.

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A Statement from the Anglican Church in North America

Message from the ACNA Bishops
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“From the Beginning”: God’s Design for MarriageA Statement from the Anglican Church in North AmericaThe Archbishop and Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America have received the recent ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States of America and are deeply grieved by the stark departure from God’s revealed order. We are concerned for the inevitable results from this action to change the legal understanding of marriage and family life.

While this decision grieves us, God’s truth and the goodness of the order established in creation have not been changed. The kingdom of God cannot be shaken. We pray with confidence that God will reveal his glory, love, goodness, and hope to the world through his Church as we seek to follow him in faith and obedience.

Jesus Christ teaches that God is the author of marriage from the beginning of time (Matthew 19:4-6). God’s design for marriage has always involved a man and a woman: “a man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). These truths have ordered civilization for thousands of years. Where God’s designs are followed in any society, including his designs for marriage and families, the result is the greatest possible blessing and abundance of life.

The Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is often summarized as, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).  Because of his love, we love and care for all those who experience same-sex attraction. The Anglican Church in North America continues to welcome everyone to experience the transforming love of Jesus Christ.

Marriage is established by God for the procreation and raising of children and for the good of society. For this reason, governments have an interest in marriage and have delegated authority from God to protect and regulate it. But no court, no legislature and no local magistrate has the authority to redefine marriage and to impose this definition on their citizens.

The United States of America, so its founders believed and taught, is a nation under God whose citizens’ fundamental rights are derived from the Creator. There is no right to a relationship which is contrary to the Creator’s express design. We cannot accept the Supreme Court’s decision purporting to find a fundamental right to same-sex “marriage” any more than we can accept its claim to have found a right to destroy human life in the womb. We will work with others to overturn this decision, and we pray that others will join with us in this effort.

Meeting this week in Vancouver, British Columbia, we are reminded that our Canadian members have been living under a similar legal standard for the last ten years. Their situation includes minimal legal protections for those who in good conscience cannot recognize this redefinition, and it is our prayer that stronger protections will be put into place and honored in the United States.

In the meantime, we shall continue to exercise our religious freedom to perform marriages for those who come for holy matrimony as defined by our Church. The Anglican Church in North America only authorizes and only performs marriages between one man and one woman. We respect the consciences of those clergy who may decline to perform marriages as agents of the state. We ask our churches to respect such decisions and help make arrangements to minister to those seeking to be married. We are also well aware that this ruling may create difficulties for our lay members and Christian institutions as they seek to be faithful in upholding God’s design for marriage, and we will make every effort to find ways to support and stand with them.

The Church bears witness to the truth of God’s Word and God’s design of marriage (see attached statement on “Bearing Witness”). When government oversteps its rightful authority, “we must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).

Today there is no place for either triumphalism or despair, so we prayerfully and sincerely urge a spirit of charity by all. We speak out of a concern for the consequences that our people and our neighbors will suffer from an unjust and unwise decision by five justices of the Supreme Court. We call those justices to repentance, even as we echo Jesus’ words, praying for God the Father to forgive them, for they know not what they have done.

We call our people to a season of prayer for marriage and offer the accompanying Litany and Prayer to guide us.

Unanimously adopted by the College of Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America.
June 26, 2015

A Litany for Marriage

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Legal battles remain on US gay rights despite momentous ruling

Updated: 2015-06-27 07:05

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Legal battles remain on US gay rights despite momentous ruling

A message on the White House’s Twitter feed is seen after a Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage in Washington, D.C. June 26, 2015.[Photo/Agencies]

WASHINGTON  – The US Supreme Court’s declaration on Friday of a right to same-sex marriage resolved a momentous question, yet the ruling left many others unanswered and is likely to spark future legal battles over gay rights.

In America, the right to marry represents only one piece in the evolving legal framework for gay civil rights.

Currently no constitutional principle or nationwide law broadly prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. So in the majority of states, for example, landlords can legally turn away renters because they are gay and employers can reject job applicants for their sexual orientation.

And for opponents of a gay-marriage right who say it could infringe on their religious freedoms, the justices themselves disagreed sharply over the consequences of a decision that sparked banner-waving jubilation outside the columned building.

The four dissenting justices raised the specter that the ruling could erode the rights of religious individuals and institutions. Opponents of same-sex marriage have said it threatens the centuries-old American constitutional principle of religious freedom that permits rabbis, priests and other clergy to marry, or not, couples of their choosing.

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World | Thu Jun 18, 2015 12:06pm EDT

Cold War echo as Hungary plans wall to keep out desperate migrants

A group of Afghans rest after crossing the Hungarian-Serbian border illegally near the village of Asotthalom, Hungary, June 18, 2015.
Reuters/Bernadett Szabo

If anyone has benefited from Syria’s internecine war it’s the men selling bikes in the village of Demir Kapija on Macedonia’s southern border with Greece.

Forbidden from using public transport in Macedonia, thousands of migrants, most of them Syrians, have taken to two wheels to cross this landlocked republic en route to Serbia, then Hungary and Europe’s borderless Schengen zone.

The numbers are staggering. Over 22,000 have been stopped and sought asylum in Serbia so far this year, 6,000 more than the whole of last year and up from roughly 500 in 2010.

Hungary says almost 60,000 have entered illegally so far this year, and on Wednesday announced it would throw up a 4-metre high fence along its 175-km (110 miles) border with non-European Union member Serbia.

The move will inevitably evoke memories of the Cold War-era barriers – including the Berlin Wall – that separated communist eastern Europe, including Hungary, from the capitalist west.

Migration experts warn it also risks creating a dangerous logjam in Serbia, an impoverished ex-Yugoslav republic woefully ill-equipped to deal with the influx.

“It’s going to create a bottleneck,” said Rados Djurovic, director of the Belgrade-based Asylum Protection Centre. “Serbia does not have the capacity to deal with this.”

In Macedonia, lawmakers on Thursday moved to grant migrants legal passage for 72 hours. The step is designed to prevent them from being preyed on by violent trafficking rings and to dissuade them from risking their lives by walking the railway line or cycling along the highway.

But it means they will reach Serbia even faster.

“This is going to create a huge humanitarian challenge for Serbia,” said Djurovic.

The past two years have seen a dramatic rise in the number of migrants choosing the Balkan route through Turkey, Greece, the former Yugoslavia and into Hungary to reach wealthier Western Europe, swelled by refugees from Syria fleeing four years of war.

Record numbers of migrants are also drowning in the Mediterranean having left North Africa by boat.


Djurovic said the Hungarian fence was unlikely to stem the tide through Serbia, given that alternative routes through the likes of Romania and Bulgaria or west through Bosnia and Croatia were far longer and fraught with obstacles.

“The price of smuggling will only get higher. The migrants won’t disappear; they have sold everything for this. A river will always find a way.”

Reuters reporters on Macedonia’s border with Greece saw hundreds of migrants walking through fields to cross the frontier under the helpless gaze of police.

Previously they have followed the railway line that runs to Serbia, a route that claimed the lives of 14 in April, struck by a train in a tight ravine.

Now they can be seen in groups of several dozen cycling along the highway on bikes bought at two thriving shops in Demir Kapija.

“It’s the only way; I want to get to freedom,” said a 25-year-old Syrian man who gave his name as Anas and said he paid 125 euros for a bike to continue his journey to Denmark.

Macedonia lacks the beds or money to house them. Parliament on Thursday voted to change the law to offer them legal documents for 72 hours to cover their passage through the country.

Interior Minister Mitko Cavkov accused Greece of “turning a blind eye” to the migrants crossing its northern border into Macedonia. “We know they are here because of a terrible fate and that’s why we must do everything in our power to help them,” he told the chamber.

A Macedonian police patrol on the highway on Wednesday looked on as migrants cycled past on the hard shoulder. “What can we do?” said one officer, who declined to give his name.

“We know it’s illegal and dangerous,” he said. “But if we stop them we have to take them with us. Where?”

Hungary, where the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban has clashed with EU peers over its handling of immigration, defended its plan for a “security fence” on Thursday.

“We hope there will be a common EU response to handle the pressure from immigration, but at the moment it seems distant,” said Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto.

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Wednesday he was “very surprised” by the announcement.

A spokeswoman for the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, said it was up to member states to decide how to manage their border, but told a news conference: “We have only recently taken down walls in Europe; we should not be putting them up.”

Tarek Albaba, a 30-year-old Syrian migrant in Demir Kapija, offered a different solution:

“Instead of building walls between countries to stop us from coming, they should try and stop the war in Syria. If there’s no war, no Syrians will leave.”

(Additional reporting by Matt Robinson in BELGRADE, Adrian Croft in BRUSSELS, Marton Dunai and Krisztina Than in BUDAPEST; Writing by Matt Robinson; Editing by Peter Graff, Janet McBride)

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Fans Support Muslim Gymnast Who Was Shamed For Wearing A Leotard

Posted: 06/17/2015 4:08 pm EDT Updated: 4 hours ago

Malaysian gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi sparked controversy in the Muslim community after receiving criticism for wearing a “revealing” leotard at the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore last week.

The 21-year-old won two gold medals and six medals in total at the sports event, but came under fire from some in the Muslim community for apparently revealing the shape of her “aurat” (genitalia) in her purple leotard, Yahoo reports.

In the wake of the incident, several Malaysian Islamic groups have demanded clothing guidelines for Muslim female athletes that are sharia law-compliant. Roszida Kamaruddin, head of the female wing of the National Muslim Youth Association, released a statement condemning Abdul Hadi’s sports attire, according to The Malay Mail.

“Women should not be stopped from sports, but they must prioritise the Islamic codes in sports attire. Furthermore, there are many Muslim female athletes who succeed even by covering their aurat,” Kamaruddin said.

Despite the criticism, there has been overwhelming support from fellow Muslims and sports fans for Abdul Hadi. Malaysia’s youth and sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin spoke out against the controversy on Twitter.

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Ordination of South Australia’s first Aboriginal Bishop on April 11th.

Significant step towards reconciliation for South Australia

Newly consecrated The Rev’d Christopher McLeod flanked by Senior Kaurna Custodian Karl Telfer and Paitya Dance Group member Karno Martin.

Story: Katrina McLachlan  Pictures: Brenton Edwards

Archbishops and Bishops from around Australia and overseas gathered at St Peter’s Cathedral to recognise and celebrate the Episcopal Ordination of South Australia’s first Aboriginal Bishop on April 11th.

The consecration of The Rev’d Christopher McLeod, to Assistant Bishop with special responsibility for ministry alongside Aboriginal people in South Australia, is a landmark appointment for the Adelaide Anglican Diocese and the Anglican Church across Australia and the world.

Bishop McLeod’s appointment was made after consultation with each of the Archbishops of the Australian Church and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Anglican Council.

Among the presenting bishops at the service was The Right Rev’d Arthur Malcolm, from the Diocese of North Queensland who was the first Aboriginal Bishop in the Anglican Church of Australia.

Also present were representatives from the Aboriginal community including Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue.

Senior Kaurna Custodian Karl Telfer plays the didgeridoo, welcoming dignitaries.

The Rev’d Chris McLeod is of Gurindji descent and has been involved in ministry among and beside Aboriginal people in Anglican orders for more than 20 years.

In his new role The Rev’d McLeod will be responsible for developing and overseeing ministry among Aboriginal people which Archbishop Driver says is an important step by the Anglican Church on the walk to reconciliation.

“This appointment is in response to a need as well as a statement of commitment,” the Archbishop says.

“As a Bishop, Chris McLeod will have a role of listening, caring and advocacy.  I know that he will be sensitive to the culture and story of the Aboriginal people.

“My hope is that this will open up a new time for Aboriginal people in their relationship with the Anglican Church and that together we will enrich the life of our State.”

The Right Rev’d Clyde Wood, who was appointed the second Bishop for the Northern Territory in 1983 and held the position until 1992, delivered a reflective sermon, describing the appointment of an Aboriginal Bishop for South Australia as a major step in reconciliation for the Anglican Church.

“The appointment of Chris McLeod is significant recognition of the place of Aboriginal Australians in Australian society and the Anglican Church,” Bishop Wood said.

“Our hope is for Chris’s ministry to provide advocacy on behalf of all Aboriginal people of this country.

“ I wish I could be here in the distant future to see the difference that Chris’s journey will make.”

Listening to and engaging people from all corners of the Anglican community is a priority for  Bishop Chris McLeod.

“Walking alongside Aboriginal people, listening to their stories, listening to their dreams, their struggles, that’s the starting place,” Chris says.

“The aspiration I think we have for the future is to improve the connection of Aboriginal people with the Anglican Church in South Australia.

“Assist those who have been Anglican to reconnect with their Anglican roots, those who are already attending church, giving them some support and encouragement.

“I think it’s also about helping people who are Aboriginal, think about spirituality in their lives and their own stories, and where the Christian faith might fit into that as well.

“And one of our aspirations is that we would like to see an Indigenous expression of the Anglican Church flourish within the Diocese and South Australia, so given time, we’ll be able to identify some key leaders who will help grow the Aboriginal expression of the Anglican faith.”

The red gum staff is blessed in smoke.

Chris McLeod was vested according to the order of bishops and presented with, among other symbols, a red gum Staff.

The Staff was presented by representatives from AnglicareSA which is part-funding Bishop McLeod’s appointment.

“We are proud to support the consecration of The Reverend McLeod and are pleased to be a partner in his Chaplaincy of Anglicare SA’s Aboriginal staff and his ministry with Aboriginal families,” AnglicareSA CEO the Reverend Peter Sandeman says.

“We look forward to the increased understanding and reconciliation between the church and the Aboriginal community, with a particular focus on healing old wounds and fostering new and positive relationships.

“AnglicareSA commends the Anglican Church for it’s practical commitment to Aboriginal reconciliation.”

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