Bannockburn After Dark (BAD) (Infostream)

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Bannockburn After Dark (colloquially called "BAD" near the core of the Principality of Caledon, is a Selkirk-based infostream originally founded in 640 by Ross "Rocco" Burns, patriarch of the Burns family that still runs the stream today.

Early Years[edit]

"Rocco" Burns had served for 15 years as the Society editor at the News of Selkirk, (a traditional hard-news infostream) when he was terminated after costing the stream hundreds of thousands of pounds in a defamation suit filed by a noble whom Burns had caught in flagrante delicto.

Burns - aided by a loan secured by a hereditary enemy of the noble who'd caused Burns' problems in the first place - founded Bannockburn After Dark in 640, operating out of a former tavern on Cairnleigh Row, the Selkirk media's epicenter. With a breezy style, casual journalistic ethics and a focus on the sensational, BAD quickly became a place to see and be seen among entertainers, as well as politicians and nobles with greater flair for publicity than policy.

Today[edit]

Nearly 400 years after its founding, BAD is still run by the Burns family; a troika of Stacia Burns-Hazlett and her children, managing editor Alexandra and business manager Roy Burns, still runs the stream with an eye for the sensational, the lurid, and the downright-unseemly. They also break the occasional bit of news.

BAD employs hundreds of content producers, "readers" (on-camera personalities) - and lawyers. The stream runs bureaus on all Caledonian systems above TL10.

BAD is a key consumer of information from all over the Principality and its environs. The streams' bureaus on the Principality's other systems pay a healty premium for content to travel on Royal Caledonian Mail packets - or, if needed, on private vessels.

Spinoff[edit]

Andrew Burns, the youngest son, is the editor of The Selkirk Bayonet, a hard-news stream that has become a fierce competitor not only to the traditional Streams (News Of Selkirk, The Clarion, The Times of Selkirk), but to BAD itself.


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