Dan Ehrlich
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Dan has more than 35 years of wide-ranging news and news management experience spanning print, radio, television and online journalism mainly in the UK. For more than 10 years he was a regular guest current affairs commentator for the BBC, Sky News and LBC. He also had his own show on Talk Radio UK.

During his career in London he was a member of the National Union of Journalists and wrote for the UK national print media. He was also a general news correspondent for the American media, a member of the Association of American Correspondents in London and a London broadcast station news director.
He had the opportunity to cover everything from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the Cannes Film Festival, from economic summits to the Olympics.

Career highlights: TV station news director, CNN news desk editor, radio station news director, daily paper sports editor, metro daily newspaper entertainment editor, international showbiz journalist, foreign correspondent and travel writer.
Dan has written one lighthearted book on dating for seniors, “Across a Crowded Room” and has just completed his soon to be published auto-biography entitled “A Room with a Loo.”

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Oscar Boycott? In Hollywood Big Bucks Trumps Diversity

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 6:04 PM

During my showbiz writing days one of the nicest things about interviewing British actors was how down to earth and normal they seemed compared to many of their American contemporaries. That's why the current kerfuffle over the annual American Academy Awards nominations offers such a stark contrast.

A few Black...

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The Lonely Sailor on a Double Occupancy Ship

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 7:47 AM

There are 2,600 passengers on the Queen Mary 2's routine milk run 27 August from Southampton to New York, and from the look of things I must be the loneliest person on her. But it's not for lack of activities, of which there are more than enough to fill anyone's...

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Corbyn, Trump: More in Common Than They Would Admit

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 7:05 AM

The bombastic American right wing presidential candidate Donald Trump and the combative left wing British Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn are polls apart politically and socially, but that do have a few things in common...Both are way ahead of their respective opponents because they address issues that push the right...

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Jihadist Youth: Look to UK Parents

(1) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 11:17 AM

David Cameron's new determination to stamp out Islamist extremism among UK youth sort of echoes and amplifies what he and the then education secretary Michael Gove earlier said about the teaching of British values in schools.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/david-cameron-extremism-speech-read-the-transcript-in-full-10401948.html

I couldn't help thinking back about 35 years when...

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If Blatter Won't Go, Fifa Might Have To

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 2:26 PM

The scandal enveloping Fifa should have come of no great surprise...Football fans and pundits have long known about slush funds and payola. But it was tolerated, a reason why Sepp Blatter has been elected its head five successive times.

There never before has been a revolt about such policies...

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Douglas Carswell Should Call for Ukip Leadership Election

(7) Comments | Posted May 17, 2015 | 8:00 PM

Nigel Farage knows Ukip probably has a limited shelf-life in British politics and being the egotist he is he can't give up the reigns of command. This is all he has after devoting so many years to the party.

But, he did say he would quit when not elected an...

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Election: Opinion Polls - Big Losers, Yet King Makers

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 6:11 AM

What was billed continuously in the media as the tightest election in generations became almost a walkover for the Tories. And you can blame the opinion polls.

Faced with an uncertain and weak cobbled together coalition government, the UK voted intelligently choosing the devil you know rather than a...

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Superbad: Could 'The Interview' Be Hollywood's Master Hype Job?

(1) Comments | Posted December 27, 2014 | 10:50 AM

The controversy and subsequent international incident surrounding the movie The Interview could be the greatest hype job Hollywood had intentionally or unintentionally perpetrated. That's because without all the publicity, the film could have been a Christmas turkey rather than the plum pudding it has become. The movie, to use the...

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Homeland Finale: Has Show Gone Beyond Its Sell-by Date?

(8) Comments | Posted December 26, 2014 | 7:11 AM

There's one truism about American television: As long as there's the ratings for a show it will continue on and on whether the story is valid or not. Homeland is such a series.

During the first three seasons, the audience was captivated by a new twist on the Manchurian Candidate...

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The Newsroom Letdown: From Reality to Absurdity

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 8:52 PM

I loved the first two seasons of The Newsroom. Maybe it's just nostalgia after being a hack for 50 years. Yes, it's melodramatic and not totally realistic, but maybe that's why I like the show.

Yet its seems to me Aaron Sorkin's third and final season is either an...

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What US Refused to Believe: Without Saddam Iraq's Fate would be Sealed

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 4:56 PM

Critics of American foreign policy may now be living a "We told you so moment." The carnage and new upheaval in Iraq, the anarchy in Libya, violence and instability in Afghanistan along with the unhindered blood-letting in Syria amplifies one hard to swallow fact...the Western democracies, especially America, have a...

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Ukip in Government? No So Far-Fetched Now

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 4:02 PM

What Nick Clegg and his Lib-Dem colleagues should have learned from their poll disaster is that hard and fast political dogma is suicidal in the changing fortunes of time.

Their steadfast support for the UK's European Union membership, in spite of all popular opinion polls showing negative views of the...

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Root of Conflict: Arab Acceptance of Jewish Homeland a Bitter Challenge To Muslim Primacy

(1) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 11:13 PM

David Cameron heralding Israel as a Jewish state is nothing new since the British were the first to offer Zionists such a status in 1917.

But Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas says he will never accept Israel as a Jewish state, just as a state. Israeli Prime Minister Benjaman Netanyahu...

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Ukraine: The West Defending Democracy or Just Playing Politics?

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 3:45 AM

America and the European Union are playing politics, not defending democracy in rushing to support the revolutionary government in Ukraine. On the other hand, Russia's invasion of the country mutes its legitimate view that this was nothing more than an undemocratic coupe.

No matter how it looks, Russian President Vladimir...

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Ukraine: Could EU Referendum have Prevented Bloodshed and Chaos?

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 5:50 AM

Ukraine and the United Kingdom seem to have one thing in common, a problem deciding if they do or don't want to be in the European Union.

And the mini revolution that has taken place with the loss of 100 plus lives might have been prevented had President Victor Yanukovich,...

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BAFTAs: Now just an Extension of Hollywood?

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 5:17 AM

As the lavish Hollywood Oscar awards show approaches, a long time ago in a London far far away the annual BAFTA Award ceremony was a rather simple event held as dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London's Park Lane

Attendees would sit at floral adorned tables and the press...

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Israel: What Would It Be Getting Out of Any Palestinian Deal? Not Much

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 2:58 PM

The Israel-Palestinian peace and statehood talks have once again sunk to a level of wishful thinking. But the overall conflict has been going on so long many people have little or no idea why settling it is so difficult. Much is dependent who's getting a better deal.

The Palestinians have...

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Golden Globes, Oscars, Super Bowl: All Big Bucks Showbiz Hype

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 3:12 PM

The Golden Globe Awards of the dubious Hollywood Foreign Press Association (composed largely of public relations people) kick off what arguably is the most important two months for the US entertainment industry.

But the Globes are merely a warm-up act for the main showbiz event...the Super Bowl American football...

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All Change: Homeland Finale Ends in Tragedy and Comedy

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 6:47 PM

Long live Nicholas Brody...You knew Damian Lewis' character in Homeland couldn't survive because his presence back in the USA could never be explained to the public. He was a convert to terrorism in America's eye. So, the heroic Brody met his maker, not from an Iranian noose but from Shakespearian...

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Israel, Saudi Arabia: Strange Bedfellows Confronting Iran

(1) Comments | Posted November 10, 2013 | 5:20 AM

France, not Iran or America, proved to be the stumbling block in an agreement that was designed to slow down Iran's march towards a nuclear weapons capability. The irony here is that France was the nation that helped build Iraq's nuclear reactor that was destroyed by Israel in June 1981.

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