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Flash: BBC Apologises For Playing Gun Song Immediately After Reading Pistorius Hearing Bulletin

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The BBC has apologised after one of its radio stations followed a report about Paralympics star Oscar Pistorius court hearing with a man shooting his girlfriend.

The bulletin on the digital station Radio 6 Music on Tuesday was followed by the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s version of Hey Joe.

The song begins: “Hey Joe, where you going with that gun in your hand? I’m going out to shoot my old lady, you know I caught her messing around with another man”.

A BBC spokeswoman said: “In light of the nature of the news story, we apologise for any offence caused by the proximity of the song,  Hey Joe to the bulletin. An on-air apology was made immediately the mistake was realised.”

South African athlete Pistorius was in court in Pretoria on Tuesday for a bail hearing on charges he murdered his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day.

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Flash: Frustrated News Anchors Resign On-Air

Two news co-anchors surprised their co-workers, their audience and their bosses when they tendered their resignation live on-air.

Former co-anchors Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio announced that they were quitting at the end of Tuesday’s 6 p.m. newscast on Bangor, Maine’s ABC affiliate station WVII. Prior to the statement, they had not told anyone else of their plans. They later cited frustration with their management.

On the newscast, the two didn’t give specific reasons on the air for their sudden departure. Consiglio said that while they enjoyed reporting the news, “some recent developments have come to our attention, though, and departing together is the best alternative we can take.”

Michaels said she and Consiglio “are very sorry for having to say goodbye for now, but we’ll still be around.” She plans to pursue a writing career and paint, and Consiglio said he would continue his career “in a different capacity.”

Michaels told Bangor Daily News that they thought if they had resigned off air, they would have not been allowed to say goodbye to their viewers. They said they had been frustrated over the last four years about how they were instructed to do their jobs.

“There was a constant disrespecting and belittling of staff and we both felt there was a lack of knowledge from ownership and upper management in running a newsroom to the extent that I was not allowed to structure and direct them professionally,” Michaels explained. “I couldn’t do everything I wanted to as a news director. There was a regular undoing of decisions.”

Their boss said Wednesday they had been on their way out the door anyway. He said he was not surprised by the action they took.

“Sometimes people leave before they’re officially told to leave,” said Mike Palmer, station vice president and general manager. He declined to discuss issues that may have caused disagreements but said, “There are things that they know.”

Palmer denied to the Bangor Daily News that upper management was involved in daily production.

Asked about reaction from viewers in the small market served by WVII, Palmer said, “I have not heard from a single viewer.”

But he said he had received about 20 applications for their jobs after posting them Tuesday night on an industry website.

“I’ve had people from all over the country send resumes and audition reels,” Palmer said.

WVII and another station Palmer manages, Fox affiliate WFVX, have made headlines before. In 2006, The New York Times reported that Palmer prohibited his staff from doing stories on global warming.

Consiglio, 28, started with WVII as a sports reporter in April 2006. Michaels, 46, was the news director and spent six years at the station.

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Flash: News Bytes Is “Best Political Blog 2012”

News Bytes has emerged the ‘Best Political Blog 2012’ in the just-concluded Nigerian Media Blogs Awards.

The organisers, Nigerian Blog Awards announced this via Twitter in the wee hours of Monday November 19, 2012.

Meanwhile, congratulatory messages has started pouring in for News Bytes from across the globe for this feat, one that many consider commendable since News Bytes got the recognition barely nine months of starting the prompt dissemination of social media-driven news service.

News Bytes also won the nomination for the ‘Best News Blog 2012’

News Bytes, an initiative that began January 31st 2012 had the vision to inform and educate the young and old, the low, middle and upper class, those in government and the governed alike, wherever they are.

The News Bytes Team on all their
platforms – Twitter, Facebook page, E-mail, Blackberry phones, Google + etc – dedicated the award to God and expressed their profound appreciation to all their subscribers and many who voted, for their support.

“The award is indeed an encouragement and a call to serve more” the leader of the News Bytes team said on their Twitter handle (@newsbytesnow and @newsbytesalert).

The team revealed that a lot more service is in the kitty and will be unveiled soon, so as to bring current affairs and news updates to its fast-growing network of subscribers.

News Bytes, a free news service that prides itself in the authenticity, freshness and robustness of their service makes up-to-date information available to thousands with a view to strengthening democracy, and also to advance the socio-economic well-being and the rights of the people, promote and enrich cultural practices, advocate best practices, good governance, transparency and human rights.

Since inception, about 500, 000 visitors has graced the blog (www.newsbytesnow.com) with visits, comments and enquiries. Over 200 bloggers also follow the blog, and about 6,000 have also subscribed by email according to statistics made available on Monday November 19.

Although the Best Political Blog award recognises the contribution of the News Bytes blog, news breaks are also circulated via mobile phones, e-mails and other IT applications and social media. The team revealed that the 3 blackberry phones with which news breaks are been circulated promptly are already filled with BBM contacts but assured that more phones will be added soon in order to accommodate many more subscribers.

The nominations, voting and results for the awards conducted online since the it began three years ago has been promised to be live events in subsequent years, according to the organisers, Nigerian Media Blog Awards.

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Flash: President John Attah Mills of Ghana Dies

Ghana’s President John Atta Mills has died unexpectedly, a presidential statement said, and an aide said his death occurred on Tuesday after he took ill on Monday night.

The death of the president of the world’s No. 2 cocoa grower comes months before Mills was due to stand for re-election at the helm of the West African country that posted double-digit growth in 2011 and has been praised for its strong democracy in a turbulent region.

“It is with a heavy heart…that we announce the sudden and untimely death of the president of the Republic of Ghana,” a statement sent to Reuters by the president’s office said.

It said that Mills, 68, died a few hours after being taken ill but no further details were given.

A presidential aide, who asked not to be named, said the president had complained of pains on Monday evening and died early on Tuesday afternoon when his condition worsened.

Mills, who oversaw the start of oil production in Ghana, returned from medical checks in the United States several weeks ago.

 

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News Bytes 6 Jun 2012

*16 killed, 83 injured as security operatives raid MASSOB offices*

*Gunfire, blasts hit Maiduguri!*

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*Gowon slams Jonathan over renaming UNILAG*

*Ajibola refutes parley on ‘Judicial Politicians’*

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*New ASUU president vows to ensure vibrant academic sector*

*Court bars INEC from using ballot boxes for Edo guber polls*

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*Gunmen kill brother to Commissioner for Forestry, Ogun State and two others from Ogun waterside*

*Fire guts Yakowa’s residence*

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*Oyo lifts ban on NURTW*

*Kogi: Prof. Olugbenro Jegede, the pioneer VC of NOUN, appointed Secretary to the State Government*

*Ogun House threatens 11 ex-lawmakers over N250m*

*Armed policemen seal off Bayelsa Assembly complex*

*Gunmen kill retired DIG Ningi, two others in Kano*

*Kwara compensates fire victims*

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*Promasidor lock out workers*

*UBN refunds proceeds of failed rights offering*

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*U.S. authorities probe claim Romney’s email was hacked*

*Egypt’s Military Council Sets Deadline for Charter*

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*Three missing in blasts at Bulgaria arms depot*

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