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Remembering the legacy of India’s most beloved voice



Thousands have gathered to pay their respects to one of India’s most beloved singers in Mumbai

Lata Mangeshkar has recorded more songs than The Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined

If Bollywood is the soul of India, then Lata Mangeshkar was its beating heart

Her voice was the soundtrack to hundreds of Bollywood films, for more than half a century she recorded thousands of songs in over 36 languages.

Sadly, she passed away at the age of ninety two on Sunday.

Mangeshkar, who was admitted to Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 on January 8, died because of “multi-organ failure after more than 28 days of hospitalisation,” Dr Pratit Samdani, who was treating the singer, announced on Sunday.

Tributes are pouring in following the news of the iconic singer’s passing

Mangeshkar has been cremated in Mumbai with full state honours.

She was known as India’s “Didi” or sister and millions feel her loss is personal as her songs were played at weddings, funerals and national events for over seven decades.

Prime Minister Modi and stars of the entertainment industry attended the funeral, where large crowds gathered to pay their respects.

She is highly regarded in India and so two days of national mourning will follow the funeral and the national flag will be flown at half-mast throughout the country.

She was regarded as the nightingale of Bollywood for her role as a playback singer, recording the songs that actors would lip-sync on screen.

The Melody queen was awarded the nation’s highest civilian honour in 2001 and She leaves a legacy as old as independent India itself.

Tributes continue to flood in, with PM Modi saying Mangeshkar’s death had left a “void in our nation that cannot be filled”.

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Viola Davis achieves coveted ‘EGOT’ honour



Actress Viola Davis has won her first Grammy Award, for her memoir audiobook, “Finding Me”.

The 57-year-old has now become the 18th person to achieve the coveted EGOT status – which involves winning an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony Award.

“It has just been such a journey,” Davis said in accepting the award. “I just EGOT!”

Davis is the fourth Black person, alongside Whoopi Goldberg, John Legend and Jennifer Hudson to claim the honour.

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TICKER NEWS will soon land on FETCH TV



Next-gen news streamer TICKER NEWS is about to arrive on Fetch TV, bringing Australian audiences more live news and original programs.

TICKER will be available as a live network as part of the Fetch aggregation platform’s push into Free Ad-Supported Streaming TV (FAST).

TICKER CEO Ahron Young says:
“This is an incredible moment for the TICKER team and a great achievement. Since our launch in 2019, we’ve been focused on building a leading FAST news streaming network, and we are tremendously proud to be embraced by the team at FETCH.”

The addition to Fetch comes at an exciting time for the platform, which will soon become the new platform for Telstra TV.

Fetch TV currently has around 670,000 active subscribers, and Telstra TV has 800,000, cementing TICKER”s position as the next-generation news channel for Australians.

Accessible from the TV Guide, TICKER NEWS will be available to Fetch customers on their TV and on the Fetch Mobi App from March 1, 2023.

TICKER NEWS broadcasts globally around the clock, spearheaded by a team of award-winning journalists and international correspondents.

TICKER produces headline news and analysis with newsmakers at the top of each hour, with reports from correspondents Veronica Dudo in New York, Ryan Thompson in Paris and Adam Hancock Singapore.

In time for the launch on FETCH, TICKER NEWS will unveil a series of original programs, including Great Business Leaders and Billionaire Blowups, and a new program hosted by AFL legend Chris Judd.

Through TICKER NEWS Insights, host Mike Loder interviews global entrepreneurs and business leaders – giving them a unique platform to share their story.

TICKER CEO Ahron Young says:
“We are proud to call Australia home. Together with our distribution arrangement with Telstra TV and Flash News, TICKER has cemented its place as a fresh new voice for Australian audiences, who seek more fact-based news and less opinion.”

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Will ABBA win their first Grammy Award?



The 65th Grammy Awards Kick off in Los Angeles shortly

Soon we will know if ABBA will win their first Grammy and whether Adele can continue her winning streak.

Beyoncé leads the nominations, with nine in total, followed by Kendrick Lamar with eight, and Adele following behind with seven.

This year, there are a staggering 91 categories, from Best New Age, Ambient or Chant album.

But the moment we’re all waiting for is the night’s biggest prize, Album of the Year.

Comedian Trevor Noah hosts the ceremony for the third year running, so expect some humour amongst the performances from some of music’s biggest names.

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