BBC Studios Sets 20% Diversity Target For All New Productions

BBC Studios has introduced an “inclusion rider” for all new productions, which will mean that all new productions have to meet a 20% diversity target.

On all new BBC and third-party shows, the Doctor Who and Top Gear producer will ensure that a fifth of on-screen talent and production teams come from a BAME – Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic – background, have lived experience of a disability, or are from a low-income background. Source BBC

Pennsylvania judge halts election certification amid mail-in vote fight

A Pennsylvania state court issued an injunction Wednesday blocking any potential further certification of election results in the state, pending a hearing to be held Friday.

The order from Judge Patricia McCullough comes in the case brought by Pennsylvania voters including Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., in which they allege that a state law allowing for no-excuse absentee voting violated the Pennsylvania constitution, which outlines specific cases where absentee voting is allowed. Source FoxNews

“We cut like Samuel Paty, without empathy”: rapper Maka placed in police custody

In “S ***** P ***”, rapper Maka makes particularly shocking remarks. The music video for the song was broadcast on YouTube on November 12 and has nearly 27,000 views as of Wednesday. The rapper’s words directly refer to the assassination of Samuel Paty , this 47-year-old teacher was beheaded during the conflict in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Yvelines) on October 16, by a terrorist. Source Actu17

Japan plans tax breaks for foreign nationals to attract financial experts

The government plans to implement tax incentives for long-term foreign residents as part of efforts to turn the country into a major international financial hub, official sources said Wednesday.

Under the current system, Japan imposes an inheritance tax on foreign nationals’ overseas assets if they live in the country for more than 10 years, but the special measure to be introduced will make them exempt from the imposition, according to the sources. Source The JapanTimes