The Media in the Press 8.2.10

Today, Siân Lower, second-year Journalism student from Edinburgh Napier University, reviews the media stories in the news……

There’s a lot of talk about the BBC in this morning’s newspapers. On page 14 of The Guardian, Jane Martinson writes about BBC spending: “The Chairman of the BBC Trust has ruled out ‘excessive salaries’ for BBC talent and senior executives, as the governing body attempts to tighten its financial and editorial hold over the corporation.” The article is continued on page 1 of The Guardian’s media supplement: “Next month, the director general, Mark Thompson, is expected to publish a strategic review demanded by the Trust. It is set to tackle the size and shape of the BBC and whether it is spending its guaranteed £3.6 billion a year income wisely.”

In the Daily Telegraph, Anita Singh (page 10) also writes about BBC spending: “The BBC must avoid extravagant spending on the football World Cup in South Africa, MP’s will warn today.”

Andrew Grice – The Independent’s political editor – writes (page 5): “Alastair Campbell was embroiled in another row with the BBC last night after breaking down as he answered questions about the Iraq War on television.”

In international news, page 22 of The Guardian reads: “Iran has arrested seven people linked to the US-funded Farsi-language radio station Radio Farda (Radio Tomorrow), for allegedly fomenting unrest.”

The Guardian’s communications editor, Richard Wray, writes about gadgets (page 28): “Google’s plans to take on the iPhone are running into problems in Europe as several mobile phone companies plan to sell a cheaper version within weeks of the internet company’s Nexus One device going on sale.”

And finally, in The Scotsman (page 22) there is an open letter to MSPs by the Scottish Newspaper Society, regarding a Scottish Government proposal that local authorities be given the discretion of switching their public notices from the press to the internet – to save councils money but potentially threatening the financial viability of some, mainly local, newspaper titles, and raising concerns about people's access to information.

It reads: “On behalf of the Scottish newspaper industry, we are publishing an open letter to express our deep concern at a proposal from the Scottish Government to remove the requirement for important local authority announcements to be publicised in Scottish newspapers. We believe this is proposal would remove a fundamental part of the democratic process and the public's right to know.”

Other news today:

* The radio industry’s efforts to secure its future in the digital age suffered a blow last week when the latest RAJAR figures revealed that growth in digital radio listening has gone into reverse.” – Guardian Media Supplement, page 5.