FALLOUT CONTINUES OVER HARRY, MEGHAN INTERVIEW
CHICAGO (AP) – The waves of outrage created by the interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle continue to reverberate. More than 50 million people around the globe have now seen it – and millions more have heard about or seen excerpts of it. The chat with Oprah Winfrey sparked intense discussions about racism – after the couple said members of the royal family wondered aloud during Markle’s pregnancy about the complexion of their son. A statement issued by Buckingham Palace calls the allegations of racism “concerning” – but says the matter will be handled in private.
OPRAH WINFREY’S INTERVIEW BOOSTS CBS MORNING SHOW’S RATINGS
NEW YORK (AP) – Like a rising tide does with boats, Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has lifted the profile of other CBS shows. For example on Monday, the day after the interview aired, the CBS morning news show drew a bigger audience than both ABC’s “Good Morning America” and NBC’s “Today” show. Nielsen says it’s the first time that has ever happened. The morning show piggybacked off the interview, featuring Winfrey talking about the chat. She also shared outtakes that didn’t air the night before. Meanwhile CBS looks to get a new ratings boost when it re-airs the interview tomorrow night.
INTERVIEW RAISES QUESTIONS AMONG MEMBERS OF BRITISH COMMONWEALTH
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) – It isn’t just celebrity gazers weighing in on allegations by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle about racism in the royal family. Concerns are also being raised among officials of countries with historic ties to Britain – leading some of them to wonder if they should loosen or break those ties. There are 54 nations in the British Commonwealth, most of them former British colonies. In Australia, officials say the issues raised in the interview are another reason the country should cut its ties to the British monarchy. Officials in other Commonwealth members say the interview gives them reason to question their loyalty to the U.K.
“AMERICA’S MOST WANTED” USES TECHNOLOGY AS A BOOST
NEW YORK (AP) – Fox is bringing back the crime-stoppers show “America’s Most Wanted.” And it’s using technology to give the program a new twist. In a clip provided by the show, host Elizabeth Vargas stands near a 3D avatar of a suspect. She says such high-tech images give viewers a better idea of what suspects look like than a mugshot or security clip. Vargas says the avatars can show things like tattoos, scars and moles – or even a distinct way of walking. “America’s Most Wanted” aired on Fox for 25 seasons before being canceled in 2011. During its run, the show helped capture more than 1,100 criminals, including 17 on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list.