The Media in the Press 7.6.10

MA Journalism student, Ganesh Nagarajan, at Edinburgh Napier University, scans today's papers for media stories…

BBC World Affairs editor, John Simpson, is reported being hopeful for the future of the BBC. Guardian reporter, Amy Fallo, writes (page 6) that Simpson felt BBC was “finished” as a public service broadcaster because of Tory plans and Labour policy to give parts of the licence fee to other organisations.

He is quoted saying: “When you have [David Cameron] saying he's the best friend of the BBC a Tory leader has ever been, that is not saying much; but you have some hope. I think the BBC will survive now.”

The Scotsman (page 15) quotes Simpson saying that there were similarities between Prime Ministers, Thatcher, Blair and Chemberlain. All the three PMs tried to control the press and for Thatcher and Blair it was BBC, Simpson says.

Meanwhile, a Zambian editor will appeal against a sentence of four months' hard labour for publishing a critical story about a trial involving one of his journalist. Fred M'membe, editor and owner of the Post, was convicted of contempt of court last week for publishing a commentary piece while the trial was still in progress, the Guardian reports (page 17). He is said to have been denied the chance to post a bail on Friday after sentencing.

Elsewhere, a Sudanese newspaper will suspend publication for a week in protest at stringent censorship as five other papers were censored, says The Scotsman (Page 25). Direct pre-publication censorship was reintroduced for two daily papers last month and on Saturday four others complained they were visited by Sudanese security forces who removed many pages.

Moving on, and The Times has carried a clarification on a story published about Alexander Lebedev, owner of The Independent newspaper. Lebedev says he has spoken to the Moscow police only as part of a pre-investigation into a former business partner. He has not been questioned by the police about allegations of death threats, as reported by the paper.

The success of gymnastics troupe, Spelbound, in the final of ITV's Britain's Got Talent, on Saturday evening, may not necessarily bring in the moolah for the show's creator and judge, Simon Cowell. Adam Gabbatt, in an article for The Guardian, writes when Susan Boyle came second in BGT in 2009 and Paul Cotts won in 2007, both were promptly awarded contracts by Cowell. Both went on to sell millions of CDs. Spelbound is unlikely to sell CDs, he says.