Morning Bulletin: BBC news anchors grounded, Tesla autopilot advertising axed & Netflix loves to hate

Morning Bulletin: BBC news anchors grounded, Tesla autopilot advertising axed & Netflix loves to hate

This morning’s bulletin arrives under a cloud for the BBC and Tesla, with the broadcaster forced to ground its top presenting team and Tesla ordered to axe autopilot advertising in Germany. In brighter news we take a look at the latest Netflix original, Haters Back Off.

We kick things off with a gloomy prognosis for the High Street courtesy of Retail Week which indicates shops may have to raise their prices by as much as five per cent next year to recoup losses from a weakening pound.

Bad news also emanates from Peugeot which is reported by Reuters to be axing 2,133 staff in France next year as part of efforts to reduce labour costs and increase profitability. The firm has laid off 17,000 staff since 2013.

Meanwhile Google is reported to be creating a dedicated search engine for mobile that is set to become the tech giants go to directory for mobile queries, containing a distinct set of more current results than users of the desktop iteration might see.

Netflix has debuted its latest original series after inviting YouTube star Colleen Ballinger, AKA Miranda Sings, onto the streaming platform with Haters Back Off, the tales of a deluded wannabe dancer, actress, singer and model who gallantly sees off a torrent of online abuse.

Campaign picks up on a new SUV short film from Ford in which Mads Mikkelsen (best known for his role as arch baddie Le Chifre in Casino Royale) takes to the wheel of a Ford Edge in his role as an assassin. The £40m piece was created by GTB, Ford’s dedicated agency within WPP.

Business Insider reveals that Tesla founder Elon Musk is rolling back a big product announcement to Wednesday after Musk took to Twitter explaining that his latest initiative needed ‘a few more days of refinement’.

Germany has warned Tesla not to feature its autopilot functionality in advertising for its electric vehicles amidst fears that this is putting buyers under the misapprehension that their attention is not needed when taking to the wheel of the vehicles.

The Guardian reports that ongoing cutbacks at the BBC mean that the broadcaster is now unable to afford to send its news anchors out into the field to cover breaking news events, forcing the likes of Emily Maitlis and Huw Edwards to remain holed up in the studio instead.

The paper also warns, courtesy of the Committee to Protect Journalists, that a president Trump would constitute a threat to press freedom after taking the ‘unprecedented’ step of accusing the Republican hopeful of ‘betraying first amendment values’.

Former Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson has revealed her fears for the health of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange after delivering a vegan meal to the Australian activist who remains holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy, London.

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