Friday, January 4, 2019

TV NEWS ROUND-UP. Today's interesting TV stories to read from TVwithThinus - 4 January 2019.

Here's the latest news about TV that I read and that you should read too:

■ Netflix takes viewers behind-the-scenes of the making of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch with a video of how its interactive choose-your-own-adventure episode was made with people like the video editor and script supervisor sharing insights.

■ Tabloid conspiracy theory: Could Bandersnatch be Netflix's ploy to steal and harvest people's thoughts? And Bandersnatch gets a real-life shop on the streets of London.

■ Mozambique's pay-TV operator, TV Cabo Mozambique, loses its second appeal in tax evasion case.

■ DRC pulls Canal Congo TV station off the air.
Disgusting Democratic Republic of the Congo censorship as broadcast of local Canal Congo is cut and press accreditation for correspondent Florence Morice of Radio France Internationale (RFI) in Kinshasha is revoked after the DRC can't manage running a free and fair election.

■ Ivory Coast has switched on digital terrestrial television (DTT).
The area around Abidjan in the West-African country now has digital TV broadcasting since the start of 2019.

■ A fast-paced career with CNN International in London.
Alicia Lloyd, a producer at CNN International (DStv 401) working on Hala Gorani Tonight, reveals a bit of her work behind-the-scenes.

■ Boy (13) stayed up late to watch Netflix, saves family from fire.

■ BBC's new season of dark, broody Luther drama series with Idris Alba literally too dark for viewers.
BBC silent as viewers ask "For god's sake BBC turn the electric on" over "barely watchable gloom".

■ The best Muslim characters in American TV shows didn't happen by accident.
Some TV shows have made a deliberate effort to research and put thought into creating Muslim characters who have more dimension and actual identities outside of their faith.

■ The TV antihero has wore out his welcome in 2018.
The antihero's appeal has been waning for some time, but in the year of #MeToo he finally wore out his welcome.

■ The lesbian Batwoman is officially coming (out) to television.

■ BBC TV Licence scam leads to 5 000 complaints in 3 months.
Fake TV Licensing scam "particularly nasty".

■ In Netflix's censorship of Hasan Minhaj's show, money mattered more than murder.