The Media in the Press 15.6.10

MA Journalism student, Ganesh Nagarajan, takes a look at today's newspapers for media stories…

The BBC is set to offer all staff earning less than £37,726 a pay rise, today’s Times reports.

Under the front-page headline, ‘BBC to Break Ranks on Public Sector Pay’, Patrick Foster and Sam Coates write: “The BBC has ignored pleas for public sector pay restraint with a multimillion-pound offer to boost the salaries of more than 13,000 staff.”

The move, which will see the Beeb’s lowest-paid staff pocket an additional £475 a year, follows the Chancellor George Osborne’s vow to enforce a pay freeze on those in the public sector earning more than £18,000.

Broadcasting unions remain unimpressed though, says The Times, with the rise equivalent to an one per cent increase in total pay – far short of their desired 7.3 per cent.

Staying with the Corporation, and the broadcaster is looking into the possibility of transmitting this summer’s World Cup games without the sound of vuvuzelas being blown, reports The Guardian (page 3).

The cacophony generated by the plastic horns has seen the Beeb receive 220 complaints thus far, with the organisation now considering stripping out the crowd noise via the red button.

‘Result! BBC Plans a Zone Free of the Drone’, adds this morning’s Daily Telegraph (page 5).

“Vuvuzela-free” coverage – if introduced – will, however, only be made available on the red-button digital service, with a spokesman for the BBC quoted as saying: “We consider them a fundamental part of the African football experience.”

Meanwhile, ITV bosses have called crisis talks over the channel's disastrous start to the World Cup campaign following more than 300 complaints concerning its coverage, says the Daily Record (page 10).

Complaints have been registered with broadcast watchdog Ofcom for the coverage of England's first group game against the USA in which ITV’s HD service missed Steven Gerrard’s opener due to an ad break.

And, finally, former editor of the Daily Mirror and Britain’s Got Talent judge, Piers Morgan, has jetted off to New York for talks with CNN over hosting a primetime interview slot.

Reads The Guardian (page 4): “Piers Morgan flew to New York last night for talks with American TV executives that could complete his transformation from disgraced newspaper editor to millionaire international chatshow host.”

Morgan has been identified as a possible replacement for veteran presenter Larry King, who last year recorded his worst viewing figures in nearly 20 years.

The CNN deal could be worth £10 million over three years, the newspaper adds. Today’s Independent (page 5) also features news of the discussions.