Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year 2008

London brought in the new year with a massive fireworks display. Thousands lined the streets of the Embankment to see the million pound extravaganza. Ten fireworks were released every second in a display choreographed by Frenchman Christophe Berthonneau. The display was also broadcast live on the BBC as well as BBC News 24 and Sky News and lasted more than 11 minutes. Throughout the day CNN, BBC 24 and Sky brought pictures from Auckland in New Zealand, Sydney in Australia and Moscow in Russia. But compared to previous years the coverage was light. Berlin's display was broadcast at some length on Sky and the BBC, but CNN failed in bringing live pictures of this and several other locations. Beijing was mentioned in news round-ups, though CCTV-9 did broadcast extensive gala performances. Taiwan was only briefly mentioned on Five News. New York, though broadcast live on CNN and UK news channels, failed to make today's news bulletins [BBC].

For many there will be little to celebrate. Kenya has seen hundreds killed after rigged elections brought riots to the streets of Nairobi [BBC]. In Pakistan, tensions still remain high on the streets, though much of the violence seen in previous days has subsided [BBC]. Iraq, as usual has seen a continuation of attacks with suicide blasts killing dozens over the last few days [BBC].

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