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New rules – UK government knuckling down on streaming giants

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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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Coolio’s manager reveals rap artist died from suspected heart attack

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Coolio’s manager has spoken out after the death of the Gangsta’s paradise star

There were claims the 59-year-old rapper died from a drug overdose.

But Coolio’s manager told the Daily Mail the rap artist had died from a suspected heart attack while on a trip to Los Angeles to fix his passport ahead of shows scheduled in Germany.

A Friend, also quoted by the publication, says he avoided drugs and alcohol.. one telling media “He’d usually have a glass of water”

“He would never show up intoxicated or on a different planet like most people. I never saw him drinking. He’d usually have a glass of water,”

coolio’s friend Mr Yano told daily mail

“When the news came yesterday about his passing, I was shocked. Was it something health related?”

“But I was just with him a few weeks ago, and he seemed completely fine. No mention of any sort of heart condition or any medical condition.”

This comes as Fans speculated the rapper died from an overdose due to his history of drug abuse and crack cocaine addiction.

The rapper, known around the globe for his 90’s hits, died while visiting a friend in Los Angeles last week.

No drugs were found at the scene and the official cause of death is yet to be revealed.

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Prince William makes his first public address since the Queen’s death

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Prince William has given his first public speech since the death of the Queen and as heir to the British throne

Speaking at a wildlife protection summit in London, William called for more action to combat the illegal trade in wildlife products.

He says the illegal trade is worth an estimated $20 billion annually, and he urged businesses and law enforcement agencies to do more to stop it.

The speech signals the royal family will continue to champion environmental causes, as King Charles III is forced to step back from public activism.

The Prince and his Royal Foundation have long made protecting wildlife a key focus of their work, and they are likely to continue this work in the years to come.

Meanwhile, William also used the opportunity to pay tribute to his late Granny.

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California highway covered in candy after trucks collide

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Halloween came early to a California highway

A crash involving two trucks caused one of the vehicles to dump its cargo.

The entire load of candy sprinkled onto the roadway.

The California Highway Patrol’s office said troopers responded when a big rig and a box truck collided.

Photos from the scene show the roadway littered with sugar that spilled from candy boxed

no injuries were reported from the incident.

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