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Another Jimmy Savile could ‘be lurking in the BBC’, says leaked report

Another Jimmy Savile could ‘be lurking in the BBC’, says leaked report

A draft of the Dame Janet Smith review of practices at the BBC found that the fear of whistleblowing at the organisation was “even worse” in the current era than at the time Jimmy Savile was abusing children while working for the broadcaster,

The review, leaked to online news site Exaro, identified more than 100 BBC employees who had “heard about Savile’s sexual conduct” and said the former presenter’s abuse of children took place at numerous BBC buildings. Three of Savile’s victims were nine years old, it said.

The report made damning criticism of the BBC’s efforts to reform its policies on whistleblowing, saying:  “It is clear  … there is still a widespread reluctance to complain about anything or even for it to be known that one has complained to a third party.”

BBC insiders told The Independent that, with an “ingrained culture of patronage” at the top of the organisation, even household names were fearful of speaking out. “Prominent national journalists are genuinely afraid of going to meetings and telling the truth because if you say something wrong it goes against you,” said a BBC newsroom source.

Read more http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/jimmy-savile-bbc-staff-say-corporation-has-ingrained-culture-of-quashing-dissent-a6825216.html

​You’re Going to Need an Ad Blocker for Your Next TV

​You’re Going to Need an Ad Blocker for Your Next TV

McMillan was watching the movie through an Amazon Fire set top box, and as an experiment, tried playing it from his computer connected to the TV through an HDMI cable. In both cases the Army ad appeared at the one-minute mark, leading McMillan to deduce that the ad was being served by Samsung, and that the internet-connected TV was using content recognition to show ads on top of any video coming in through the TV’s input.

This seems to be a brand new kind of targeted advertising, McMillan told me. “In this case, it seems to be running some kind of watermarking or audio recognition system on top of anything that’s playing,” he said.

Smart TVs have embedded “automatic content recognition” technology that’s analyzing viewing habits and “sending data to third parties on everything you watch”

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/youre-going-to-need-an-ad-blocker-for-your-next-tv

Yet another reason to hit the ‘OFF” switch?