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New rules – UK government knuckling down on streaming giants



Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video are among the streamers who will be given new rules bringing them in line with traditional broadcasters

This comes as streaming services are set to be regulated by Ofcom for the first time in the U-K

Under the new government policy, Ofcom regulation would protect audiences from harmful material and boost accuracy, fairness and privacy for British audiences.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport says the proposals are intended to create a “new golden age” of British TV and “help the nation’s public service broadcasters thrive”.

Culture Secretary labels UK TV as an “the envy of the world” and says brits are delivering ground-breaking public service programs

The reform aims to support British broadcasters and revamp decades-old laws to help public service compete in the internet age.

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While linear TV channels must currently abide by Ofcom rules, most Video on Demand services are not currently subject to the regulator’s Broadcasting Code.

The move is welcomed by public service broadcasters, who have been lobbying for streaming services to face the same regulations as them for several years.

BBC iPlayer is the only streaming service which has to abide by Ofcom’s Broadcasting Code.

But the new measures mean Ofcom would have the powers to ensure all streamers are subject to stricter rules.

The government said the maximum fine for regulated streaming services who break the rules will be £250,000, or an amount up to 5 per cent of an organisation’s revenue, whichever is higher.

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Deepfakes are taking over Hollywood



Deepfakes are the online phenomenon changing the way in which we consume and trust social media

Have you ever scrolled through social media and found a celebrity selling something a bit left of centre?

Chances are you have fallen victim to a deepfake.

These images and videos are a type of artificial intelligence, which promises to create doctored videos, which are almost impossible to tell apart from the real thing.

They have typically been used in pornographic clips and for celebrity endorsements.

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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.

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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.

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