Monday, December 19, 2011

Morning Brief: State media announces Kim Jong-il death; Czechs mourn the passing of Vaclav Havel; Virgin Media inks deal with the BBC for expanded Olympics coverage

The North Korean news agency KCNA today announced the death of Kim Jong-il of a heart attack. State media said the death occurred early Saturday morning.

Kim Jong-il's presumed successor is Kim Jong-un.

"Little is known about Kim Jong-un," the BBC reported. "He was educated in Switzerland, is aged in his late 20s and is believed to be Kim Jong-il's third son - born to Mr Kim's reportedly favorite wife, the late Ko Yong-hui."

The Czech Republic will hold a state funeral for its former president, Vaclav Havel, who died in his sleep this weekend after a long illness. Havel, a playwright who was instrumental in his country's transition of democracy.


“It’s a great loss, though we expected it because he was so sick,” Business Week quoted Miloslava Ticha, who joined fellow Czechs at National Boulevard to show her respects. “He was a real personality. He doesn’t have a worthy successor. There’s nobody of his stature on the Czech political scene.”

“It’s a great loss, though we expected it because he was so sick,” said Miloslava Ticha, 64, who came with her husband Frantisek. “He was a real personality. He doesn’t have a worthy successor. There’s nobody of his stature on the Czech political scene.”



Virgin Media, which has 222,000 TiVo service subscribers in the U.K., has penned a deal with the BBC to give its customers extra coverage of next year's London summer Olympics.

Virgin Media subscribers will now have access to all 24 streams of coverage of the games, as well as other events before and after the games such as Formula One racing, Wimbledon tennis, and Euro 2012 soccer, according to The Guardian report on the agreement.

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