Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 31 July 2018

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Lee Lin Chin - SBS Australia
Lee Lin Chin – SBS Australia (Image Credit: SBS Australia)

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Lee Lin Chin Departs SBS Australia

Readers who have spent any time in Australia will be aware of its multilingual and multicultural Special Broadcasting Service channel.

The channel shows a mix of news bulletins from around the world and factual and cultural programming, including the Eurovision final. One of its most famous faces newscaster Lee Lin Chin, also famous for announcing Australia’s Eurovision results to the world, departed the broadcaster last week.

Lee Lin Chin, which doesn’t in any way detract from her journalistic credentials, also attracted a cult following for her sartorial choices. (SBS)

Facebook in the dock again

Facebook continues to battle the response by Governments around the world to abuse of the platform and its use in promoting fake news.

Under German domestic law against hate speech, it has been forced to delete thousands of offensive posts. In the UK, the Department for Culture Media and Sport House Of Commons Select Committee has published its interim report on fake news. This is particularly pertinent as the Government and Parliament struggle to translate the narrow 2016 EU Referendum result into a workable solution for the UK’s future relationship with Europe. Here are the ads posted on Facebook by organisations campaigning in favour of the UK leaving the European Union in 2016.

Also of note this week:

Ronan Farrow has published an exhaustive investigation into alleged sexual harassment by CBS Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves. (The New Yorker)

How US media “mega-mergers” are changing the way you watch your favourite TV shows. Shareholders approved Disney’s purchase of the entertainment assets of Fox last week and Disney is expected to take its films off Netflix in 2019 as it launches its own streaming service. (The New York Times)

The BBC continues to attract criticism for its attempts at “balance” in its Brexit coverage. This time from distinguished media commentator Raymond Snoddy. (RadioTimes)

Google has introduced new Smart Displays with Google Assistant. (Google)

John Plunkett on The Love Island phenomenon and the show’s true stars: the production team. (Thinkbox)

The Drum on how Monocle magazine shuns social media in favour of swimming with its readers. (The Drum)

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