Idris Elba in talks with Miroma over £1bn C4 bid

Idris Elba is in talks with UK marketing network Miroma to support its estimated £1bn bid for Channel 4, according to a report.

’The Sunday Times’ claimed  the Luther and The Harder They Fall star and Green Door founder is in discussions with Miroma chief executive Marc Boyan to spearhead its proposed acquisition of the broadcaster.

Miroma emerged in October as an early potential buyer, ahead of the UK government’s decision to push ahead with privatisation of Channel 4.

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Dare scores debut doc with C4 & Sky Germany

Derren Lawford’s fledgling indie Dare Pictures has won its debut commission, a three-part doc about a cryptocurrency scam for Sky Germany and Channel 4.

Crypto Queen (w/t) is a co-production between the former Woodcut Media exec’s Dare and German indie Tondowski Films, in association with Lone Wolf Studios and backed by Fremantle.

It documents the story of self-styled lawyer and Bulgarian businesswoman Dr Ruja Ignatova, dubbed ‘The Queen of Crypto’ who scammed investors out of billions of dollars over three years through her cryptocurrency pyramid scheme, OneCoin.

At its peak, Ignatova presented OneCoin on stage at Wembley stadium and held lavish parties around the world at the expense of her investors. In 2017, she boarded a flight to Athens with her clientele’s money and vanished.

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BBC diversity team slams decision to hire Michael Vaughan

BBC diversity team has slammed the “totally inexcusable” decision to hire Michael Vaughan as part of the Radio 5 live commentary team covering the third Test.

The BBC Sport’s Black, Asian and minority ethnic group sent an email yesterday morning after staff were caused “excruciating, overwhelming and unbearable” distress, according to The Guardian.

The former England cricket captain was embroiled in the scandal after several players, led by Azeem Rafiq, accused him of making a racist comment before a Yorkshire game in 2009. Vaughan denies the accusations but was dropped from the BBC’s Ashes coverage in November over the issue.

Last week he was charged with bringing the game into disrepute by the England and Wales Cricket Board’s disciplinary commission.

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Pact honours 14 indie game-changers and unsung heroes

Dhanny Joshi and Thomas Stogdon, Big Deal Films, Lucy Pilkington, Milk and Honey and veteran drama producer Barbara Emile among those honoured at PACT 30th anniversary celebration.

Pact has named a clutch of indie legends and unsung heroes as it marks its 30th anniversary with a party celebrating the sector’s transformation from cottage industry to £3bn business.

More than 700 guests gathered in Old Billingsgate tonight (24 June), for an event led by Hugh Dennis and Miquita Oliver, with a DJ set from Boy George.

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