The Media in the Press 22.2.10

First-year Journalism student, Adam Bell, from Edinburgh Napier University, casts an eye over the media stories making it into today’s newspapers…

As picked up earlier today by allmediascotland, The Scotsman reports what seems to be another legal battle brewing between STV and ITV. Under the headline, 'STV Likely to Bring Further Suit in Scrap with ITV', Erikka Askeland writes that STV appears to be annoyed that it is losing out on revenue by ITV airing shows on other digital channels and platforms.

Says Askeland: “The broadcaster believes it is due £5 million to £15m in compensation.”

Meanwhile, the Guardian reports concerns over the relocation of the BBC News headquarters in London. Under the heading, 'Watchdog to Reveal Huge Cost of New Home for BBC News', Tara Conlan and Alexandra Topping (page 16) quote Chris Kane, head of BBC Workplace: “It’s the first time we’ve put all our news services together. The concept is to create a space where all of the creative elements of journalism sits together to collaborate. It’s the building that never sleeps.”

However, the National Audit Office is less enthusiastic, as the project runs well over budget. The 'deepest hole in the West End' is being likened to a bottomless money pit.

The BBC is also in the sights of The Times, under the headline, 'BBC Denounced as Arm of Intelligence Service'. The Iranian police have accused the Corporation of being a branch of MI6.

Reporter, Catherine Philp, quotes General Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam, chief of the Iranian police force: “The BBC is the arm of MI6…Voice of America belongs to CIA”. He hints at some form of revenge: “We will settle accounts with them when the time comes.”