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BT loses TV rights for 'ultimate fighting' and NBA basketball

BT loses TV rights for 'ultimate fighting' and NBA basketball

Business
BT is understood to have lost the rights to broadcast NBA basketball and UFC ultimate fighting after walking away from a bidding contest."We won't bid any more than the rights are worth to us," a spokesperson for the telecoms giant told the BBC. The move comes weeks after BT lost the rights to Italian Serie A football.The firm spends around £1bn a year on sports rights, such as Premier League and Champions League football, a sum which some investors have criticised.BT's sports channels will continue to show NBA Basketball until the end of October and UFC until 3 December. BT boss Gavin Patterson to step down Eleven Sports win Serie A rights The loss means BT's sport channels will show fewer popular sports, but the firm's sp...
Plumber wins workers' rights battle against Pimlico Plumbers

Plumber wins workers' rights battle against Pimlico Plumbers

Business
A plumber has won a legal battle for working rights in a Supreme Court ruling expected to have huge ramifications for freelance workers.Gary Smith had worked solely for Pimlico Plumbers for six years.Despite being VAT-registered and paying self-employed tax, he was entitled to workers' rights, the court ruled. The ruling will be closely read by others with similar disputes, many of whom work for firms in the so-called gig economy.An employment tribunal was "entitled to conclude" that Mr Smith was a worker, the court ruled.As a worker Mr Smith would be entitled to employment rights, such as holiday and sick pay.The Supreme Court ruling means that an employment tribunal can now proceed to examine his action against Pimlico Plumbers...
Travel firms 'fail' on Brexit holiday rights

Travel firms 'fail' on Brexit holiday rights

Business
British holidaymakers booking trips within the EU after Brexit are being urged to check the small print amid claims travel firms are failing to clarify their rights.The consumer group Which? said it believed holiday companies should be providing updated terms and conditions for customer cancellations and refunds in the event the UK leaves the EU without an aviation deal on 29 March next year.There have been warnings, most prominently from Ryanair's chief executive Michael O'Leary, that flights could be grounded in that eventuality because UK operators would no longer come under the single market for aviation.Which? said it was particularly important for customers booking a non-package holiday in Europe to ensure they would not be left in limbo as they would not be covered by current repatr...
Will British airlines lose their rights to fly to America after Brexit?

Will British airlines lose their rights to fly to America after Brexit?

Finance
THERE has been much chatter among frequent flyers in London this week about a front-page splash in the Financial Times claiming that British negotiations with America to replace the EU-US Open Skies Treaty are in trouble:The US is offering Britain a worse “open skies” deal after Brexit than it had as an EU member, in a negotiating stance that would badly hit the transatlantic operating rights of British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. British and American negotiators met secretly in January for the first formal talks on a new air services deal, aiming to fill the gap created when Britain falls out of the EU-US open skies treaty after Brexit, say people familiar with talks.The talks were cut short after US negotiators offered only a standard bilateral agreement. These typically require airline
Holocaust Museum revokes human rights award to Myanmar leader Suu Kyi

Holocaust Museum revokes human rights award to Myanmar leader Suu Kyi

World
March 7 (UPI) -- The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has rescinded a human rights award it gave to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi for failing to act on the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people in her country.The award, named after Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel, was given to Suu Kyi in 2012 shortly after she was released from a 15-year house arrest for resisting the country's military dictatorship and advocating for human rights in her country.But the museum says that since Suu Kyi was elected to lead Burma in 2016, she allowed the persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority to worsen."As the military's attacks against the Rohingya unfolded in 2016 and 2017, we had hoped that you -- as someone we and many others have celebrated for your commitment to human dignity an...