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  • Cricket castaways: the game's long run on Desert Island Discs September 19, 2020
    Cricketers have a staple on the show since its launch in 1942. What can we learn about their appearances?By Peter Hoare for The NightwatchmanDesert Island Discs is older than one-day cricket, Test Match Special and covered pitches. It was born on the BBC Forces Programme in 1942, the same year as Mike Brearley, one of […]
  • China attacks US 'bullying' over ban on Tiktok and WeChat September 19, 2020
    Donald Trump’s decision to ban downloads of the Chinese-owned platform prompts realignment of tech spaceChina has accused the United States of “bullying” and suggested it may take unspecified countermeasures after Washington banned downloads of popular video app TikTok and effectively blocked the use of the Chinese super-app WeChat.“China urges the US to abandon bullying, cease […]
  • Engagement with anti-vaccine Facebook posts trebles in one month September 19, 2020
    Exclusive: Guardian analysis prompts calls for new drive to combat conspiracy theories Medical experts v anti-vaxxers: the Covid-19 information battle Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEngagement with anti-vaccine posts on a sample of UK Facebook pages trebled between July and August, analysis by the Guardian has found, triggering calls for a major new […]
  • The Guardian view on the BBC: tough times ahead | Editorial September 18, 2020
    A hostile government, culture wars and streaming services threaten the BBC – it must prove it is indispensableThe word “tough” appears three times in Tim Davie’s brief foreword to the BBC annual report published this week. Whether the repetition was conscious or not, the message is clear – the corporation is in for difficult times. […]
  • Trump 'associates' offered Assange pardon in return for emails source, court hears September 18, 2020
    WikiLeaks founder was asked to reveal source of leak damaging to Hillary Clinton, hearing toldTwo political figures claiming to represent Donald Trump offered Julian Assange a “win-win” deal to avoid extradition to the US and indictment, a London court has heard.Under the proposed deal, outlined by Assange’s barrister Jennifer Robinson, the WikiLeaks founder would be […]
  • Sinking without trace: rightwing press turns on Boris Johnson September 18, 2020
    The coronavirus crisis has a formerly friendly media questioning the PM’s leadershipCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage“Where’s Boris?” asked this week’s Spectator, the weekly magazine the prime minister once edited and from which Johnson might once have expected a better press had it not been for the coronavirus crisis.With a front cover image […]
  • More than 'Strong Females': why the best TV gets inside women's heads September 18, 2020
    I May Destroy You and I Hate Suzie are among a wave of shows casting off cliches to show their protagonists as complicated, contradictory – and humanIf I Hate Suzie is an experiment in stress contagion, it is an unmitigated success. Billie Piper and Lucy Prebble’s new Sky Atlantic drama opens with the titular popstar-turned-actor […]
  • BBC to continue live TV broadcasts of Nicola Sturgeon's briefings September 18, 2020
    Corporation insists there was no intention to stop covering Covid updates, despite outcryCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBBC Scotland has confirmed that it will continue to screen Nicola Sturgeon’s coronavirus briefings live on TV in the “coming weeks”, after its decision to scale back coverage was met with widespread criticism.The BBC Scotland director, […]