UK reality show ‘Big Brother’ gets political with ‘culture clash’

The 18th series of Big Brother, which was first aired in 2000, begins in June. (Photo courtesy: Channel 5)
Updated 12 May 2017

UK reality show ‘Big Brother’ gets political with ‘culture clash’

DUBAI: UK reality show “Big Brother” has revealed the theme for its latest series, saying it will be a “culture clash of modern Britain.”
The show sees “housemates” shack up in the Big Brother household with no access to the outside world as cameras film their every move.
The show’s logo, an eye, has been redesigned for the latest series and is now formed of a mutli-colored union jack featuring a random collage of imagery, including secutiry cameras, a polling station and a sign saying “we are all immigrants.”
Channel 5, the cable network on which the series is aired, said: “This summer, Big Brother presents a must-watch culture clash of modern Britain.
“At a time of political upheaval and tough questions about unity in the UK, Big Brother brings you an alternative look at Britain.”
The statement added that the series would offer up a “summer of contrasts, conflicts and collaboration... and more fireworks than you could imagine, as a selection of people, from a range of backgrounds, come together in the ultimate social experiment.
“The United Kingdom of Big Brother... and everyone is welcome.”
The 18th series of Big Brother, which was first aired in 2000, begins in June.

Google fined $1.7bn for search ad blocks

Updated 20 March 2019

Google fined $1.7bn for search ad blocks

  • Google received three fines in the past two years
  • EU Commission says Google has been blocking competitors for the past ten years

BRUSSELS: Google was fined $1.7 billion on Wednesday for blocking rival online search advertisers, the third large European Union antitrust penalty for the Alphabet business in two only years.

The European Commission, which said the fine accounted for 1.29 percent of Google’s turnover in 2018, said in a statement that the anti-competitive practices had lasted a decade.

“Google has cemented its dominance in online search adverts and shielded itself from competitive pressure by imposing anti-competitive contractual restrictions on third-party websites,” European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said.

The case concerned websites, such as of newspaper or travel sites, with a search function that produces search results and search adverts. Google’s AdSense for Search provided such search adverts.

The misconduct included stopping publishers from placing any search adverts from competitors on their search results pages, forcing them to reserve the most profitable space on their search results pages for Google’s adverts and a requirement to seek written approval from Google before making changes to the way in which any rival adverts were displayed.

The AdSense advertising case was triggered by a complaint from Microsoft in 2010. Both companies subsequently dropped complaints against each other in 2016.

Last year, Vestager imposed a record $4.92 billion fine on Google for using its popular Android mobile operating system to block rivals. This followed a $2.74 billion fine in June 2017 for hindering rivals of shopping comparison websites.

Google is now trying to comply with the order to ensure a level playing field with proposals to boost price comparison rivals and prompt Android users to choose their preferred browsers and search apps. Critics however are still not happy.