NBC CEO Jeff Shell steps down
Shell is leaving after acknowledging an inappropriate relationship with an employee
NBC Universal will undergo a major shakeup as the CEO stands down.
Chief Executive Jeff Shell is leaving after acknowledging he has engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a fellow employee.
Parent company Comcast confirmed the decision.
Shell has been with Comcast for two decades and will leave immediately.
In a statement, Shell says: “[He] had an inappropriate relationship with a woman in the company, which [he] deeply regrets.”
Prior to his current role, Shell was the chairman of NBCUniversal Film and Entertainment.
As CEO, he oversaw the company’s broad portfolio of businesses, including the Universal film and television business, the Peacock streaming service and Universal’s theme parks.
During a period when rival groups were investing heavily in streaming, Shell adopted a more conservative approach.
Peacock was conceived under his predecessor, and was designed to preserve the familiar television business model, relying on advertising instead of exclusively on subscription revenue.
Peacock has made gains, though they are smaller than rival services.
Prince Harry involved in ‘near catastrophic’ car chase
Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death
Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and her mother were involved in a “near catastrophic car chase” involving paparazzi photographers in New York.
The incident took place after they left the Ms. Foundation for Women, where Meghan was honoured for her work.
“This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD (New York Police Department) officers,” said Prince Harry’s spokesperson.
The chase involved paparazzi driving on the sidewalk, running red lights and driving while taking pictures.
“I thought that was a bit reckless and irresponsible,” New York Mayor Eric Adams said.
Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death.
Princess Diana was killed when her limousine crashed as it sped away from chasing paparazzi in Paris in 1997.
Harry and Meghan stepped down from their royal duties in 2020, partly over what they described as intense media harassment.
Harry is currently involved in numerous court cases in London where he has accused papers of using unlawful methods to target him and his family.
Tom Hanks open to continuing career with A.I. help
Despite the crackdown on A.I., one famous actor has raised the prospect of his career continuing after his death by using the technology
‘Forrest Gump’ and ‘Cast Away’ actor Tom Hanks says new tech could be used to recreate his image to appear in movies “from now until kingdom come”.
Hanks was asked about the legal ramifications of A.I. on a recent podcast with Adam Buxton.
He says talks are being held in the film industry about how to protect actors from the effects of the technology.
Hanks told the host: “I could be hit by a bus tomorrow and that’s it, but performances can go on and on and on and on.”
The award-winning actor acknowledged that tech developments could lead to an AI-generated version of himself appearing in films he may not not normally choose.
Prince William begins planning coronation
Prince William wants his coronation service to “look and feel different” to that of King Charles III
Just days after his father’s coronation, Prince William is already thinking about how he will shake up his own crowning ceremony.
William says he wants it to “look and feel different”, so it is more“modern”and“relevant”.
Unlike the King, William will not include a“homage of the people”in his coronation.
At the recent service, the Archbishop of Canterbury invited the congregation at Westminster Abbey and people right around the world, to swear their allegiance to the King, his“heirs and successors”.
This decision was met with widespread controversy.
A source close to William says:“There is no way he will go down that route or anything like it.”
William has reportedly been“reflecting”on the events of last week with his closest friends and advisers.
He is mindful that in 20 years’ time, the service will need to be different to unify the nation and the Commonwealth. #trending #featured
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