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Posted Saturday 7/21/18 at 1:37AM EDT
Trevor Noah's spat with the French ambassador showed how Americans and the French see identity differently
Source: The Atlantic
The Daily Show host was accused of siding with racist ideologies in France with his joke about Africa winning the World Cup. But the joke was also deemed offensive to France's ambassador because the French don't see themselves the way Americans do when it comes to identity. "In the United States, just about everyone’s hyphenated," explains Paris-based correspondent Rachel Donadio. "In France, or among parts of the French establishment, the notion of communautarisme, American-style identity politics in which groups derive identity and clout from their backgrounds, is seen as anathema, an affront to the French ideal that all citizens are equal in the eyes of the state, as I’ve written about here. It’s a hard-won notion of citizenship that comes from a history in which the ancien régime was overthrown to create a modern French state. It’s also an ideal—filled with ironies and inconsistencies that Noah could skewer in a way only an outsider to France could do."
Posted Wednesday 7/18/18 at 11:21PM EDT
Trevor Noah responds after French ambassador to U.S. criticized his congratulations to Africa for France's World Cup victory
In a video posted to Twitter, The Daily Show host brought up a letter by France's ambassador complaining about his congratulatory statement on Monday's show. Referring to the players of predominant African origin, Noah responded, "why can't they be both" African and French? He added: "Why is that duality only afforded to a select group of people?" Noah pointed out that when players of African origin win the World Cup, the French want to consider them only as being French. But other African immigrants in France are frequently referred to by their African ancestry.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
Fox Sports has been "appalling" with its coverage of an exciting World Cup
Source: The Guardian
Fox missed an opportunity to reel in casual American fans because of its "appalling" coverage, says Aaron Timms in The Guardian, pointing to the decision to have the Ryan Seacrest-like Rob Stone as the leading studio analyst. "OK, that’s maybe not entirely fair," says Timms. "The coverage has not been quite as horrendous as it promised to be before the tournament. But it’s still been poor. The network has had plenty of time to get things right too: Fox secured the rights to the 2018 and 2022 tournaments in late 2011, and the following year hired David Neal, a veteran producer who worked on nine Olympic Games for NBC, to oversee its coverage. This is perhaps when the rot began to set in: Fox insiders told the Guardian that Neal mostly staffed his World Cup team with the network’s existing roster of baseball, Nascar and NFL producers, whereas Fox’s soccer group – which handles year-round coverage of the sport, including the Champions League and MLS – was left in a largely peripheral support role."
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 3:19PM EDT
Will Smith to perform at the World Cup's closing ceremony
He'll sing "Live It Up," the tournament's official song on Sunday's closing ceremony. He'll be joined by Nicky Jam and Kosovar singer and songwriter Era Istrefi.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 9:49AM EDT
BBC to unveil the first Jodie Whittaker Doctor Who footage during Sunday's World Cup final
Source: Radio Times
"Get ready this Sunday for an exclusive look at new Doctor Who," teased the show's official YouTube channel. ALSO: "Dalek Trump" helps Londoners protest the president's visit to Britain.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 2:51AM EDT
YouTube TV offers one week of free service after its World Cup outage
“To help make this right, we’d like to offer you a week of free service,” according to an email sent to YouTube TV subscribers. “You’ll receive another email soon, confirming your account has been credited.”
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 12:16PM EDT
World Cup broadcasters told to stop zooming in on "hot women" fans during games
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"We've done it with individual broadcasters. We've done it with our host broadcast services," said FIFA diversity chief Federico Addiechi, who added that FIFA would “take action against things that are wrong.”
Posted Wednesday 7/11/18 at 9:21PM EDT
Fox Sports is expected to lose money for this year's World Cup
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Viewership was down by one-third from 2014, as this year's ratings were essentially decided when the U.S. men's team failed to quality for the first time since 1986. ALSO: YouTube TV said "timing is horrible" as it suffered a service outage during the England-Croatia game.
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 5:52PM EDT
Fox Sports sent one of its Los Angeles-based World Cup announcing teams to Russia
Source: New York Post
Fox took some heat for only sending two of its top broadcasting teams to announce the games from Russia, while having other teams broadcast from Los Angeles. But starting with Round 16, Fox Sports said Derek Rae and Aly Wagner are calling the games from Russia instead of L.A.
Posted Saturday 7/07/18 at 10:36AM EDT
Fox and Telemundo are making the best of a World Cup that has seen ratings decline without the U.S. men's team
Source: Los Angeles Times
This year's World Cup especially hurts U.S. viewership because the games are mostly played in the morning U.S. time. But Fox and Telemundo say ratings are better than expected.
Posted Thursday 6/28/18 at 6:48PM EDT
Telemundo suspends hosts for their racist gestures in reference to South Korea's World Cup team
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Un Nuevo Dia (A New Day) hosts James Tahhan and Janice Bencosme made slant-eyed gestures in reference to yesterday's match with Germany.
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 1:16PM EDT
Did The Simpsons predict the upcoming World Cup final?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
A 1997 episode shows the Simpsons family watching a final between Mexico and Portugal.
Posted Tuesday 6/26/18 at 4:47PM EDT
Argentina soccer legend Diego Maradona provides Fox with its second and third middle fingers of the World Cup
Maradona's double middle-finger salute in celebration of Argentina's victory was caught by the global TV feed and broadcast on Fox and Telemundo. This is the second time a middle finger was broadcast from the World Cup, after Robbie Williams flipped the bird while performing during the opening ceremony, prompting a Fox apology.
Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 6:54PM EDT
FS1 accused of showing pro-Joseph Stalin propaganda as part of its World Cup coverage
Source: SB Nation
A National Geographic-produced FS1 segment this morning seemed to humanize the brutal Russian dictator with a tour of his vacation home. "Think what you will about Joseph Stalin, but there’s no denying that this was one of the most formidable figures in all of history," said presenter Sergey Gordeev. As Twitter users quickly pointed out, Gordeev works for the Russian government-controlled TV station NTV.
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 12:35PM EDT
ESPN resorts to crude drawings to sidestep Fox's World Cup highlights exclusivity
Source: The Big Lead
"With limited/no World Cup video for our show, we will improvise," tweeted SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt. "My daughter drew Saudi Arabia/Russia for last night."