Morning Bulletin: Dawn of self-driving cars, BBC Radio One adopts phone first strategy & Kiefer Sutherland returns to ABC

By John Glenday | Reporter

September 19, 2016 | 4 min read

This morning brings fresh predictions of the dawn of self-driving cars with Lyft president John Zimmer expecting the technology to account for a majority of rides as soon as 2021. Elsewhere we look at how BBC Radio One is to take a leaf out of Netflix’s playbook and what the return of Kiefer Sutherland means to broadcaster ABC.

Retail Week opens with reports that former BHS owner Dominic Chappel is being probed by the Serious Fraud Office alongside his business partners following the collapse of the retail chain.

Veteran actor Kiefer Sutherland takes centre stage at AdWeek in advance of his return to the small screen as the lead role in Designated Survivor, ABC’s new political drama, as the title wonders whether the show will prove to be a hit.

Facebook is confident of victory in its much publicised tussle with Ad Block Plus after revealing it is still serving ads to users with the software installed after rewriting its code to circumvent the popular patch.

Facebook Live finds itself front and centre at Adweek which asks whether the live video platform poses the greatest challenge to the dominance of traditional TV yet, or whether Mark Zuckerberg’s latest pet project is more of a Snapchat and YouTube competitor.

Self-driving cars are set to account for the ‘majority’ of rides as early as 2021 according to Lyft president John Zimmer, a shift which could herald the end of personal car ownership as early as 2025 in major US cities.

The UK is ‘more likely than ever’ to lose its financial passport, meaning London based banks would lose their right to trade freely with the other 27 EU countries, according to Jens Weidmann – Germany’s top central banker. Such a move may see some banks relocate business to the continent.

Donald Trump has come under fire from the great and the good of the American TV industry after Emmy host Jimmy Kimmel jokingly pointing the finger of blame at the reality TV show star turned politician’s rise at the door of Mark Burnett, the producer who hired Trump for The Apprentice.

Twitter is on the receiving end of a lawsuit for ‘misleading’ investors by issuing ‘materially false’ statements in advance of a stock price crash last summer which burned many shareholders.

BBC Radio One is seeking to arrest a decline in listeners by adopting a phone-first strategy which aims to elevate on demand programming to the same status as live broadcasts as part of its mission to become the ‘Netflix of music radio’.

Sky News has recruited Channel 5’s Nicolotti Squires as director of content, replacing incumbent John McAndrew in the role following his decision to leave following 11 years in the post. Squires will be tasked with overseeing the TV, mobile, social and radio output of the channel.


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