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The chancellor said the grants are intended to support shops and pubs as COVID-19 lockdowns ease in England and are worth up to £18,000.
On Thursday Edwards became the first female president of the Professional Cricketers’ Association.
Roy Rochlin/GettyAs Fox News attempts to figure out its place in a post-Trump media landscape, the network has claimed it is moving “center-right.” A laughable claim, critics say—one that is easily disproved by Fox’s far-right primetime screeds but also by the tonal shift of a key noon-hour talk show.Outnumbered, which first debuted in 2014 as a female-led panel show (with a gimmicky “one lucky guy” slotted as the sole male panelist), has always straddled Fox’s increasingly blurred line dividing its “hard news” and opinion wings. But the show has long winked at its “fair and balanced” credentials by featuring a lone liberal pundit among its rotating panel.However, in recent months, and as Fox continues to grapple with a ratings plunge—at least in part due to MAGA diehards ditching the network after its news desk made accurate election-night calls for Joe Biden—the noon talk show appears to have benched two key liberal regulars in Marie Harf and Jessica Tarlov.And instead, Outnumbered has taken a noticeably rightward shift, stacking its panels with conservative voices and giving more prominent placement to fiery provocateurs like Tomi Lahren. The resulting show is one that, like much of Fox’s programming, now seems laser-focused on hyping the conservative culture-war grievances of the day.“Ratings went down the tank and they want more right-wing voices,” one current Fox News staffer told The Daily Beast in assessing the noon show’s new tone, especially in light of the network overhauling much of its lineup to add more hours of right-wing opinion commentary.The prolonged Outnumbered absence of Harf and Tarlov—both of whom continue to appear elsewhere on the network—notably came almost immediately following an intense, early-December on-air skirmish between Harf and the show’s permanent host Harris Faulkner over the program’s coverage of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.Fox News Anchor Blows Up When Liberal Pundit Calls Out Lack of COVID Death CoverageHarf, a former Obama state department official, challenged Faulkner on Outnumbered having spent nearly a full hour talking about Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell’s five-year-old interactions with a suspected Chinese spy, or complaining about coronavirus-related indoor dining restrictions, all while giving a mere 20 seconds of air to the U.S. surpassing 3,000 daily COVID-19 deaths for the first time.An incensed Faulkner shouted down Harf, complaining that it was “offensive” that the liberal panelist “took a shot there.” The host further chided her colleague: “You can’t see my heart and trust me when I tell you it hurts all of us to mourn those Americans and people around the world.”Prior to Faulkner’s blow-up with Harf, the liberal Fox News contributor had appeared in 11 of the previous 24 Outnumbered broadcasts and had been in rotation to appear at least twice a week. Jessica Tarlov, another regular Outnumbered panelist, had appeared four times during that same span and had been in a once-a-week rotation with the show.Following that Dec. 10 broadcast, however, both Harf and Tarlov were yanked from any future bookings on Outnumbered, according to two sources familiar with the situation. And since then, neither woman has returned to the show.The only left-leaning panelists to appear on the noon program now are radio host Leslie Marshall, a self-described “centrist” Democrat and Johanna Maska, a former Obama spokesperson who sat on the panel last week. Fox News host Lisa “Kennedy” Montgomery, a self-described libertarian, also remains a staple of the show.Otherwise, the show has seemed to increasingly lean on incendiary conservative culture warriors like MAGA youth leader Charlie Kirk, reactionary podcaster Dave Rubin, failed congressional candidate Kim Klacik, and—much to the chagrin of Fox staffers who spoke with The Daily Beast—Tomi Lahren.The career bomb-thrower—best-known for her bite-sized and breathless rants on Fox’s digital streaming service Fox Nation, her oft-hateful tweets (some of which have been publicly rebuked by her own colleagues), and for having been fired by Glenn Beck—has suddenly become a routine presence on Outnumbered.Lahren recently re-upped her contract with Fox and since December has appeared at least 18 times on Outnumbered, co-hosting at least twice per week. Considering her style of commentary and debate being more at home in Fox’s decidedly right-wing primetime hours, some Fox News staffers consider her newfound elevation to be eyebrow-raising.“It’s an absolute joke and further proof that the show shouldn’t be taken seriously,” said one current Fox employee, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals from management. “When I was hired, I was told that [Lahren] would never be on legitimate shows like Outnumbered or The Five, that she was only Fox Nation. I’m just as confused as everyone else. Tomi has no credibility, no résumé of experience other than screaming derogatory things on the internet.”Another Fox staffer suggested Lahren is a logical choice to spice up the network’s daytime programming amid a ratings slump. “She’s good at stirring the pot… all it takes nowadays,” the employee said. “Fox likes what rates.”Can Tomi Lahren Keep Failing Up?Fox ‘Hard News’ Show Buys GOP’s ‘Fascinating’ Effort to Steal ElectionWhile the network’s actions—including programming choices that include adding two more hours of right-wing commentary in the 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. hours—indicate a definitive hard-right shift to shore up the hardcore conservative MAGA base, Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch somehow insisted the opposite earlier this month.“We believe that where we are targeted, to the center-right, is where we should be targeted. We don’t need to go further right,” he said while touting the company’s ad-revenue gains. “We don’t believe America is further right, and we’re obviously not going to pivot left. All of our significant competitors are to the far left.”Following last November’s election, however, the whole calculus for Fox News’ programming changed. Disgruntled pro-Trump viewers ditched the network in droves following Fox’s early call of Arizona for President Joe Biden on Election Night, a decision that put a crimp in then-President Donald Trump’s plan to falsely declare victory.With Fox experiencing slumping post-election ratings, the network made a concerted effort to win back MAGA loyalists by focusing more squarely on conservative opinion and culture-war battles. A key part of that shift included its “hard news” broadcasts devoting ample time to discussing and amplifying the opinion monologues delivered the night before by Fox’s popular pro-Trump firebrands Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity.The ratings panic became apparent after Martha MacCallum’s now-former 7 p.m. show The Story was beaten head-to-head in the ratings by Newsmax, the upstart cable outlet that appealed directly to disgruntled Fox viewers by overtly embracing Trump’s bogus “stolen” election ploy. MacCallum’s loss to Newsmax’s Greg Kelly in the key advertising demographic of viewers aged 25-54 scared the network’s bosses “to their core,” staffers told The Daily Beast at the time.And the new direction of Outnumbered ultimately seems to be yet another part of Fox’s overtly rightward shift to combat ratings issues.“It’s all a complete joke,” one Fox News insider told The Daily Beast. “They aren’t even trying anymore to attempt a fair discussion.”“The token liberal was only there for show,” this person concluded. “The liberal opinion was only as useful to them as a tee in tee ball for the rest of the gang to get guaranteed hits their audience wants to hear. Now in their desperation to retain the fleeing audience they are too afraid to have even the slightest opposing view on the show for fear more people will click over to Newsmax.”Diana Falzone was an on-camera and digital reporter for FoxNews.com from 2012 to 2018. In May 2017, she filed a gender discrimination and disability lawsuit against the network and settled, and left the company in March 2018.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via GettyWhen Netflix’s cutesy Emily in Paris was nominated for two Golden Globes in January, including Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy, the news was met with eyerolls and confusion. Sure, actress Lily Collins was spunky and well-dressed enough for the streaming giant to promptly renew the show for a second season. But for the silly, sugary rom-com to beat out Michaela Coel’s acclaimed I May Destroy You? How could that possibly happen?A few weeks after the announcement, there was a hint of an answer. Thirty-three members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which judges the Globes, were invited to Paris to tour the Emily in Paris set in 2019, courtesy of Paramount Network, the Los Angeles Times reported. A member told the outlet they were treated like “kings and queens.”Indeed, they were. Not only was their stay at the ritzy Peninsula Paris hotel—which overlooks the Arc de Triomphe and is still charging upwards of $1,400 a night in a worldwide pandemic—comped, but they were treated to a ritzy gala event at the private and historic Musée des Arts Forains.It’s all terribly over the top, but it’s only the most recent example of how members of the HFPA are wined and dined by studios in the hopes of securing awards for their TV shows, films, and stars.The Extremely Chaotic 2021 Golden Globe Nominees: 17 Craziest Snubs and SurprisesHow the HFPA got treated to this level of schmoozing dates back to its formation in 1943, when it was started by a small group of foreign journalists angling for better access to celebrities while covering the entertainment industry. The first Golden Globes was held the following year, and it didn’t take long for publicists to start cozying up to the association, looking to build buzz around a project and to possibly compel an Academy Award nomination.“One thing that can’t be bought is a Golden Globe... officially,” quipped host Ricky Gervais during the 2010 show. “But if you were to buy one, the man to see would be [former HFPA president] Philip Berk.” (Berk himself was accused of groping actor Brendan Fraser.)Beyond the slippery nature of the nominations, the Golden Globes is known as the booziest event of the awards season. Last year, a rep for Moët said 1,500 mini bottles of champagne were going to be handed out on the red carpet alone, plus the company had an extra 125 cases as backup for during the event.And apparently it pays to have stars boozed up. The Globes are the third most-watched awards show after the Grammys and Oscars. NBC pays around $60 million to broadcast the event and a recent investigation by the Los Angeles Times found the HFPA had around $50 million sitting in the bank as of October.With plenty of money to be made and milestone career achievements in sight, studios have long courted the association’s members. One of the first major controversies surrounding the HFPA’s practices was in 1982 with actress Pia Zadora. Despite her indie crime film Butterfly being panned by critics, she somehow won the award for “new star of the year” over Body Heat’s Kathleen Turner and Ragtime’s Elizabeth McGovern.It was later revealed that her billionaire husband Meshulam Riklis, 30 years her senior, had jetted some HFPA members out to his Las Vegas casino for a private screening a few weeks before they voted.In 2015, Zadora, who had since divorced Riklis, maintained to The Hollywood Reporter that her ex-husband “didn’t buy” her Globe, but admitted she now realizes what the “controversy was about.” “I get it,” she said. “I understand. Whether it was fair or not, I understand.”As a result, CBS cut off its broadcasting agreement with the Globes. The awards show had previously been dropped by NBC in 1968 after the FCC accused it of “misleading the public of how the winners were chosen.”There was another eyebrow-raising trip to Las Vegas in 2010, when Sony not only treated members to an all-expenses paid stay in Sin City, but had Cher perform a private concert for them. Not so coincidentally, the film company had two movies it was distributing: The Tourist, with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, and Burlesque, starring Cher and Christina Aguilera. Both movies were box office disappointments and critics weren’t kind. Still, both movies nabbed nominations for Best Picture at the Globes. In the past, HFPA members have traveled to destinations such as Cancun, London, and even Bora Bora for press junkets, although members allegedly have to pay their own way on overseas trips. (A studio source told US Weekly that for the Emily in Paris trip, the company did not pay for the members’ flights, and their stay at the five-star hotel was booked under a group rate.)The HFPA also has rules that forbid gifts costing more than $125, but throughout the years, there have been freebies doled out that nearly tripled that value.Members were forced to return a $400 Coach watch that was allegedly paid for by USA Films, who was trying to secure a Best Actress nomination for Sharon Stone for 1999’s The Muse. They also were asked to send back Focus Features’ gift of two bottles of pricey Tom Ford cologne while the studio was promoting Nocturnal Animals in 2016. (Aaron Taylor-Johnson ended up shocking awards pundits with a Best Supporting Actor win for the film.)In a bombshell $2 million lawsuit from its longtime publicist Michael Russell in 2011, HFPA members were accused of regularly “abus[ing] their positions and engag[ing] in unethical and potentially unlawful deals and arrangements which amount to a ‘payola’ scheme.”The breach of contract and fraud suit also contained allegations that the tax-exempt HFPA would give lesser-known media outlets prime spots on the Globes red carpet in exchange for a check.Russell claimed he tried to raise concerns about such practices but was essentially fired when the HFPA declined to renew his contract, prompting him to sue. He ultimately reached a settlement in 2013 and the terms were never disclosed. Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Lorenzo Soria and Lilla Soria attend the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 09, 2020, in Hollywood, California. Amy Sussman/Getty So, who are these oft-silent members being showered with free trips and given unfettered access to some of the biggest names in Hollywood?The recent Los Angeles Times investigation revealed there are currently 87 members representing 55 countries that reach 250 million readers a year. It admitted three new members in October: Danielle Kool of the Netherlands, Sabrina Joshi of India, and Yulia Charysheva from Russia.But beyond its newcomers, it’s difficult to nail down a complete list because their names aren’t on the association’s website. The Los Angeles Times was able to shed a bit more light, naming nearly a dozen members, including three Americans, who write for mostly obscure outlets all over the globe.In 2018, former HFPA president Aida Takla-O’Reilly’s piece for EgyptAir’s Horus magazine drew attention for what was touted as an interview with Drew Barrymore. The article made insensitive remarks about the actress and her quotes were garbled. Barrymore’s team said she did not participate in the interview and the HFPA put out a statement that confirmed parts of the story were not written by Takla-O’Reilly, instead taken from “other sources.”It’s hard to snag a membership with HFPA. Hopefuls have to be based in Southern California, cover entertainment for a foreign publication, submit 24 writing clips from the past three years, be sponsored by two current members, and fork over a non-refundable $500 initiation fee.But sometimes jumping through all the hoops still isn’t enough. "Brad Pitt, winner of Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, poses in the press room during the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020, in Beverly Hills, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Last year, Norwegian journalist Kjersti Flaa sued the association for rejecting her application twice, first in 2018 and again in 2019. She claimed she was turned down because it didn’t want her competing for interviews against existing members who are “unwilling to share or dilute the enormous economic benefits they receive.”“The HFPA not only fails to offer a fair procedure for seeking membership, it does not even make a pretense of doing so,” Flaa’s suit stated. “It also requires two votes of approval by the membership without providing any guidelines or standards for approving or rejecting applicants. It places no emphasis whatever on evaluating the quality of an applicant’s work. Instead, it freely allows its members to base their admissions decisions on whether an applicant might become a competitive threat to an existing member.”A federal judge dismissed Flaa’s antitrust suit in November, writing she had achieved “professional recognition… without HFPA membership—and could not have been achieved if she were denied the ability to practice her profession.” Undeterred, Flaa is amending her complaint and Spanish journalist Rosa Gamazo has also joined in on the suit.The Los Angeles Times investigation also found that while some members are people of color, no current members are Black.Director Ava DuVernay reacted to the news with an eye-roll, tweeting that she wasn’t surprised. “Reveals? As in, people are acting like this isn’t already widely known? For YEARS?,” she wrote.Many critics of the Golden Globe nominations were quick to correlate the lack of Black members to Coel being snubbed, as well as Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, Shaka King’s Judas and the Black Messiah, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom being overlooked in the best film category. And while HBO’s Lovecraft Country was given a nod for best TV drama, no cast members were nominated in the acting categories.As for the I May Destroy You snub, even Emily in Paris writer Deborah Copaken thought it was absurd. “Now, am I excited that Emily in Paris was nominated? Yes. Of course. I’ve never been remotely close to seeing a Golden Globe statue up close, let alone being nominated for one,” she wrote in The Guardian. “But that excitement is now unfortunately tempered by my rage over Coel’s snub. That I May Destroy You did not get one Golden Globe nod is not only wrong, it’s what is wrong with everything.”The 78th Golden Globe Awards will air on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT with hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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The Chancellor insisted he is in favour of low taxes but said he needs to repair the public finances from the ‘shock’ of the pandemic.
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Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak is expected to use Wednesday’s Budget to bring in restart grants to help struggling businesses as called for by the Evening Standard. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has said that “now is not the time” for tax increases, as have some Tory MPs who want the Chancellor to focus on growing the economy as it reopens.
(Bloomberg) -- Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak promised he will be “honest” with the British public when he sets out his plan to fill the gaping hole in the U.K. finances wrought by the pandemic.“We do have a challenge in our public finances and if we don’t do anything, borrowing will continue to be at very high levels even after we’ve recovered from Covid; debt will continue to rise indefinitely,” Sunak said on Sunday in a Sky News interview. “That’s not a good situation.”Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s budget, he said he will “level with” the public and outline a blueprint to address the deficit in a “fair” way.Sunak Plots Tax Raid to Plug U.K. Deficit, Risking Tory Rage The chancellor’s comments hint at tax rises and spending cuts to come as he grapples with how to close a budget deficit that’s on course to swell to 400 billion pounds ($557 billion) this year. The Institute for Fiscal Studies has estimated he may need to bring in tax increases of about 60 billion pounds in coming years in order to balance the books.The chancellor refused to comment on specific fiscal measures, saying he would lay out his plan to shore up the finances in his budget presentation on March 3. “I want to level with people about that, about the problem that that causes and the challenges that it presents us with and be honest about our plan to address those,” he said.Sunak did not deny when repeatedly asked to confirm reports that he told Conservative members of Parliament he wants to cut taxes before the next general election in 2024, but stressed: “I’m a Conservative and I believe in lower taxes.”What Bloomberg Economics Says...“The rise in bond yields over the past month, if it sticks, would mean debt interest costs as a share of GDP average 1.2% over the five years rather than 1%. Debt servicing costs have averaged 1.7% since 2000.”-- Dan Hanson, senior U.K. economist. Read full report here.The chancellor has committed some 300 billion pounds to fighting coronavirus and supporting businesses and workers through the pandemic this fiscal year in an attempt to buttress the economy against the worst effects of three damaging lockdowns. Even so, the outbreak plunged the U.K. into its deepest recession since 1709, pushing the national debt above 2 trillion pounds for the first time.While historically low interest rates mean the new pile of debt is manageable for now, Sunak warned of the risk future rises in interest rates pose to the Treasury.“Interest rates have been at very low levels, which does allow us to afford slightly high debt levels but that can always change,” he said. “I want to make sure, when the next shock comes along, whoever’s sitting here can do the same thing that I’ve done. They need strong public finances to do that.”Sunak also pledged to keep supporting workers and jobs as the economy reopens.“I said at the beginning of this crisis that I would do whatever it took to protect people families and businesses through this crisis,” he said when asked if the furlough program would be extended beyond the end of April. “I remain completely committed to that.”Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a four-step plan to ease pandemic restrictions that will mean some businesses have to wait until June 21 at the earliest to reopen. Sunak said he wants “to support people and businesses along that path.”For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.