LONDON, Oct 20 (Reuters) – After arriving to a global media
frenzy, Britain’s Prince George will make his second official
appearance this week at a christening designed to be as low-key
as possible for the world’s most-hyped baby.
Prince George, third-in-line to the British throne, will be
christened on Oct. 23 in a private, 45-minute ceremony in the
Chapel Royal at St James’ Palace by the spiritual leader of the
Church of England, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.
LONDON (Reuters) – BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of Britain’s public broadcaster, unveiled a three-pronged plan on Friday to expand globally by boosting spending on TV content, strengthening its online site, and launching three new channel brands.
Tim Davie, who took over as head of BBC Worldwide in April, said BBC Worldwide had too many different websites and digital propositions, saying there needed to be a greater focus and scale to compete with global rivals, such Hulu, Netflix and Amazon, owner of LoveFilm.
LONDON (Reuters) – Nearly 30 million people are living in slavery across the globe, many of them men, women and children trafficked by gangs for sex work and unskilled labor, according to a global slavery index released on Thursday.
The index by anti-slavery charity Walk Free Foundation ranked 162 countries on the number living in slavery, the risk of enslavement, and the strength of government responses to combating the illegal activity.
LONDON (Reuters) – Fears of job cuts and “banker bashing” are taking a toll on the health of bank workers of all levels, according to an international study published on Wednesday that follows a trail of burnouts and tragedies in the world of finance.
The study by Swiss-based UNI Global Union found more than 80 percent of banking and insurance unions in 26 countries cited deteriorating health as a major problem for their members in the past two years, with many now working in a “climate of fear”.
LONDON, Oct 15 (Reuters) – The head of compliance at
Barclays Plc has become the latest senior banker to
take time off for stress as the fallout from the financial
crisis takes its toll on employees’ health.
Hector Sants was suffering from exhaustion and stress
following five years at the helm of Britain’s top financial
regulator, the Financial Services Authority, and a busy start to
his role at Barclays this year, the bank said on Tuesday.
LONDON (Reuters) – The global financial crisis has strengthened the Church of England’s drive for more ethical business practices by making companies and shareholders more receptive to change, according to the man who manages its investment fund.
With about 5.5 billion pounds ($8.8 billion) of financial and property assets, the Church has greater clout than many hedge funds. But it has often struggled to make its voice heard.
LONDON, Oct 8 (Reuters) – The head of the BBC promised on
Tuesday to refocus the world’s largest state-funded broadcaster
on its core values – to inform, educate and entertain – after a
year of battering by the public and parliament over a sex
scandal and lavish executive payments.
In his first major speech since becoming director general
six months ago, Tony Hall said the BBC had to cut costs by 20
percent by 2017 but also needed to find an additional 100
million pounds a year in savings to invest in the future.
LONDON (Reuters) – London’s charismatic mayor, Boris Johnson, has dropped his strongest hint yet that he is interested in returning to national politics, with comments set to renew speculation over his ambitions to lead the Conservative party.
Johnson, known for his eccentric manner, sharp wit and unruly mop of blond hair, has long been tipped as a potential leader if the current incumbent, Prime Minister David Cameron, were to suffer a party coup or lose the next election in 2015.
LONDON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – If you want to know how
BlackBerry lost its mojo in a major consumer market, spend some
time with a bunch of British teens.
The phone that once so dominated the UK youth market that
its messaging service BBM was even blamed for helping to connect
young rioters who fought police and wrecked shops in London and
other cities in 2011, has now lost its cool.
LONDON (Reuters) – Anglicans named the first woman bishop in the British Isles on Friday, a move analysts said would increase pressure on some other parts of the world’s third-largest Christian grouping that reserve the top job for men.
The Rev Pat Storey said she was “excited and daunted” to be chosen as the new Bishop of Meath and Kildare, part of the Church of Ireland which includes the British province of Northern Ireland.