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Torin Douglas Torin Douglas | 13:33 UK time, Monday, 24 May 2010

I'm the BBC's media correspondent and this is my brief selection of what you need to know.

The BBC's global news audience has risen to 241 million despite the loss of 20 million shortwave listeners. The shortfall has been made up on TV and the internet.

Ed Vaizey, the new minister for media and the arts, has confirmed that the Government won't freeze the licence fee under the current settlement. He's interviewed by the Sunday Times.

The Independent reports there were protests outside Broadcasting House yesterday over the planned closure of BBC 6Music and the Asian Network.

The News of the World sting exposing the Duchess of York - "Fergie 'sells' Andy for £500k" - was in the public interest, unlike others recently, says Roy Greenslade in the Guardian.

In the Independent Philip Knightley of the old Sunday Times Insight team questions the recent spate of exposes:

The BBC newspaper review shows several papers question whether ministers can protect front-line services, while cutting public spending by £6bn.

Links in full

TimesRichard Brooks | Times | Conservatives shelve plans to freeze TV licence fee
IndependentNina Lakhani | Independent | Hundreds join rally to save BBC's 6Music
GuardianRoy Greenslade | Guardian | Why the News of the World was right to expose the Duchess of York
IndependentPhillip Knightley | Independent | A cheap way to deliver quick results
BBC NewsBBC | Newspaper review

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