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Torin Douglas Torin Douglas | 12:25 UK time, Tuesday, 25 May 2010

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

The Times and Sunday Times have unveiled their separate websites, for a four-week preview, before they impose a paywall reports the Financial Times.

BBC Technology Correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones asks in his blog Dot Rory if the paywall will mark the end of sharing on the web.


The Editor of the Times James Harding defends the decision on Radio 4's Today programme.

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The Guardian reports that the coalition government is going to freeze its £540m-a-year advertising budget, except on "essential" campaigns. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport will have to find £88m in savings, including £27m from the Olympic Delivery Authority.

The music industry has told the BBC Trust the planned closure of 6 Music "defies belief". The Trust's consultation on the BBC Strategy Review ends today. According to the Guardian it's expected to publish its provisional conclusions next month.

The BBC's newspaper review says the press is focusing on the child rape trial at the Old Bailey and the Government's austerity measures.

Links in full

TimesTimes | New site with paywall
Financial TimesTim Bradshaw | Financial Times | Behind the Times' new paywall
GuardianMark Sweney | Guardian | Coalition government freezes advertising budget
GuardianJames Robinson | Guardian | 6 Music closure 'defies belief', says music industry
BBC NewsBBC | Newspaper review

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