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Tuning in to TV: Justin Bieber sits down for talk with Oprah
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The pop star will be the latest musician to join Miss Winfrey on her OWN show “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” following recent interviews with Rihanna and Fergie. The episode will air Nov. 25, and will head backstage at a Bieber Believe tour date as well as include a sit-down interview.
“Me and the Bieber just finished our interview,” Miss Winfrey wrote on Facebook on Wednesday, sharing a picture of herself with the teen singer. “Good stuff!”
Mr. Bieber is in the midst of a busy year — his “Believe” world tour, in support of his chart-topping album of the same name, extends through April. He’ll have to find time to celebrate, though: his YouTube channel passed 3 billion views on Wednesday.
Mr. Bieber is the first musician to hit the mark, with Rihanna and Lady Gaga trailing in the 2 billion range. Mr. Bieber didn’t break the record all by himself — he had a hand from Nicki Minaj, whose appearance in the “Beauty and a Beat” video helped it score 43 million views in its first week.
Netflix subscriptions hit 30 million mark
Netflix said Thursday it now has more than 30 million subscribers worldwide, including some 5 million outside the United States as the Internet video service pursues a global expansion.
“Thirty million of you are now Netflix streaming members. I’d like to express my gratitude to each of you,” chief executive Reed Hastings said on his Facebook page.
“Your choice to be a Netflix member helps us get more content every year, and helps us further improve our member experience. You make it possible for us to offer the most amazing Internet television experience ever.”
Netflix hit the 10-million member milestone in 2009, a decade after it launched its DVD-by-mail service in the United States.
The number jumped to 20 million members by the end of 2010 with the adoption of the Netflix streaming video service in the U.S. and Canada.
Netflix currently is available in 51 countries, with Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland the most recent additions.
U.K. police: 300 accuse BBC host of sex abuse
BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile was investigated in the 1980s over an allegation of indecent assault, police said Thursday as they announced that 300 potential victims had come forward so far with abuse accusations against the late TV host.
The twin announcements showed how a sex abuse scandal that is engulfing one of Britain’s most venerable news organizations was showing no signs of abating.
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