Comedian Ricky Gervais Draws Criticism for Graphic Anti-Trans Jokes in New Netflix Special

Fourth EstateRicky Gervais’ Netflix Special

English comedian Ricky Gervais drew criticism for making anti-transgender jokes in his new stand-up comedy special on Netflix called “SuperNature,” which debuted on May 24. Within hours of the release, Gervais received backlash for his graphic transphobic jokes, which Variety …

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‘Heartstopper’ Breakout Star Yasmin Finney Joins ‘Doctor Who’ Cast

Yasmin Finney, the breakout star from the Netflix series “Heartstopper,” has officially joined the cast of BBC’s “Doctor Who.” “Doctor Who” showrunner Russell Davies announced on Instagram that Finney will join the long-running British sci-fi series for its 60th-anniversary shoot …

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Russian State TV News Anchor Threatened to Nuke UK

Fourth EstateVladimir Solovyov (pictured) issued a threat to launch nuclear missles at the IUK while talking on Russian state TV>

Russian state TV news anchor Vladimir Solovyov has threatened the United Kingdom (UK) with nukes over its ‘boorish’ support for Ukraine. Solovyov was quoted in a video clip posted by The Daily Mail making this remark.  “As it turned out, …

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CNN+ to Shut Down by End of April

Fourth EstateThe CNN Center in Atlanta, GA is the world headquarters of the Cable News Network (CNN) - Ken Lund

CNN announced that CNN+ will shut down on April 30, just a month after it was first launched. Incoming CNN head Chris Licht said that the launch was successful but that it wasn’t compatible with the goals of the new …

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Russian Newswoman who Protested Live and On-the-Air has Been Fined by a Russian Court.

An editor at State controlled Russian TV broadcaster Channel One who staged an an on-air protest against Moscow’s war and invasion of Ukraine during a prime-time news broadcast on state TV has been found guilty and fined. Marina Ovsyannikova stood …

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Russian TV Station Employee Interrupts Live State News Broadcast With Anti-War Protest

An employee on Russian state-controlled Channel One television interrupted an evening news program on March 14 to protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Marina Ovsyannikova, an editor at the TV channel, ran onto the set of the live broadcast …

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BBC to Resume English Language Broadcasts in Russia

BBC has resumed English language reporting in Russia, days after temporarily suspending its coverage to assess the implications of a new strict media law. BBC announced in a statement on March 8 that they decided to resume work from Russia …

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Netflix Shuts Down Services in Russia Due to Invasion of Ukraine

Netflix has suspended its services in Russia on March 6 in further response to the country’s invasion of Ukraine. “Given the circumstances on the ground, we have decided to suspend our service in Russia,” Netflix spokesperson Emily Feingold said in …

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RT America Ceases Production, Lays Off Staff

Russian state-sponsored RT America media outlet will cease productions and lay off nearly all its staff, according to a memo obtained by news outlets on March 3. “As a result of unforeseen business interruption events, T&R Productions LLC will be …

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UK Media Regulator Opens 15 Investigations into RT News Channel

Office of Communications (Ofcom), the media regulator in the United Kingdom, launched 15 separate investigations into Russian state-backed news channel RT’s coverage of the war in Ukraine. Ofcom will examine if the English-language channel, formerly known as Russia Today, has …

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