Fake news, it's for real...

Got a shared video today via WhatsApp (as one does); security cam footage shows the inside of a barbershop, patrons having their haircuts.

Two gunmen enter, ten shots are fired into the head of a customer, they flee the scene.

“This jst happened in Umhlanga” said the forwarder.

Within minutes, I can see this is going viral. It’s popping up on people’s WhatsApp status messages. Meanwhile, I’m checking it out because forwarding videos without fact-checking is something I try not to do.

The world in sixty seconds ...

Seven years ago last night, I got on a plane from Johannesburg to London. I landed the morning of 1 April,  launched this amazing product I had co-designed with the BBC, did this panel discussion as well as two TV appearances, and flew back that night.

The idea of a news bulletin targeting an educated young audience with a short attention span seems like a crazy idea today. But BBC Minute (or #TWISS — The World in Sixty Seconds as my then team dubbed it) has thrived.

Tracking Russian Satellites

Multichoice has come under flack lately from keyboard warriors after Russia Today fell off the company's DSTV offering.

“Sanctions imposed on Russia by the European Union [EU] have led to the global distributor of the channel ceasing to provide the broadcast feed to all suppliers, including MultiChoice,” Multichoice was quoted as saying.

Hmmm, I thought, so why not simply downlink the Russia Today signal directly via satellite?

It turns out Russia Today uplinks to two satellites.

Most people know what's news; most journalists don't...

This from Elon Musk last week: "Why is the 'traditional' media such a relentless hatestream?"

He went on:

Most news outlets attempt to answer the question: “What are the worst things happening on Earth today?”

It’s a big planet! Obviously, some bad things are happening somewhere at any given time, but focusing relentlessly on those does not give an accurate picture of reality.