Three Bangladeshi nationals were arrested by the city unit of the Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) on Saturday on suspicion of being part of an Al Qaeda-inspired Islamic extremist organization.The trio, who had been apparently residing using forged identity papers, were believed to have links with the outlawed Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) – the militant outfit also called as Ansar Bangla, said ATS sources.“The suspects were picked up for questioning from the city’s Akurdi and Wanowrie areas. They were residing illegally with forged Aadhaar and PAN cards which were retrieved from their persons. We are interrogating them to ascertain the nature of their association with the ABT, and their role here,” said an ATS officer.Two of those nabbed hailed from Khulna, while the other came from Shariatpur district in Bangladesh.The city ATS team led by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ATS) Sunil Darekar acted on a tip-off received on Friday about an alleged ‘infiltrator’ from Bangladesh living in the Kondhwa-Wanorie area.On detaining and quizzing the suspect, the team secured information about the whereabouts of the other two Bangladeshi nationals.
Video streaming service Netflix is in advanced talks with UK broadcaster ITV with a view to making its library content available on its soon-to-launch UK and Ireland service, according to a UK press report. The report on the Guardian website also said that Netflix has also held discussions with Channel 4 and with Warner Bros. A Netflix deal with ITV would give it access to the broadcaster’s library content, where it owns the rights. ITV’s distribution arm, ITV Studios, has a deep catalogue although it is not clear what shows would be included in any deal with the US company.Yesterday Netflix announced it had inked an exclusive content deal for UK rights to MGM feature films in the first pay TV window and it has already agreed a programming deal with Lionsgate. If it inked a Warner Bros deal, it could mean taking the SVOD rights from BSkyB, the UK pay TV provider that currently holds them. The UK and Ireland service will launch in early 2012.Separately, Netflix in the US has added the Barnes & Noble retail chain’s Nook Tablet to the list of devices that can access its service.New Nook Tablets will ship with Netflix pre-installed. The device will be able to stream movies and TV episodes from Netflix on its seven-inch touchscreen via Wi-Fi. Nook Tablet users who aren’t already Netflix members can sign up for a free 30 day trial.
Colin McLeodFormer NBCUniversal (NBCU) European channels chief Colin McLeod will succeed Jeff Ford as managing director of Fox Networks Group UK.The new post comes just over a year since DTVE sister title TBI revealed McLeod was leaving NBCUniversal International Networks after a decade.McLeod begin his new post today in a part-time capacity before transitioning to a full time role in the spring.Previous UK channels chief Ford remains with the 21st Century Fox-owned broadcaster in a supporting capacity as a first original drama, Deep State, launches. He will retire after that has rolled out across Europe and Africa.At NBCU, McLeod was most recently MD of the UK and emerging channels, overseeing a 150-strong team and channels brands such as Universal Channel and Syfy.He had joined NBC when it bought UK-based channels group Sparrowhawk Media in 2007, where he was commercial director, and has also worked for BBC Worldwide and Travel Channel in marketing and affiliate sales.McLeod remained working for NBCU in a consultancy capacity after he left his post. Lee Raftery replaced him as MD of the UK and emerging markets.“Colin’s blended background offers a well-rounded and hugely valuable experience to our business and we have no doubt he will step into the role and immediately have an impact,” said Diego Londono, COO of Fox Networks Group Europe and Africa.The news comes soon after DTVE sister title TBI revealed former Fox programming chief Toby Etheridge joined Warner Bros. International Television Distribution. Shoshanna Wilson has replaced him.Fox’s UKpay TV business includes the Fox channel, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild and BabyTV.The wider regional business operates 151 channels and has 25 offices.