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Torin Douglas Torin Douglas | 10:30 UK time, Monday, 2 August 2010

I'm the BBC's media correspondent and this is my brief selection of what's going on.

An Adam Smith Institute report says the licence fee is 'obsolete and unfair' and should be scrapped. It says subscription and overseas sales could give the BBC "the global presence of a Hollywood studio, but with a wider range of output" the BBC reports.

The report's author David Graham set out his thinking in the Sunday Times [subscription required].

ITV's new leaders, Archie Norman and Adam Crozier, are expected to announce new programme investment and a possible return to pay-TV when they present its results this week report the Telegraph and the Sunday Times [subscription required].


The Mail on Sunday says the former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has "sparked fury" by applying to be vice-chairman of the BBC Trust. The BBC Trust and the Culture Department said they did not comment on recruitment matters.

The BBC newspaper review says several papers anticipate the expected news that Britain's five biggest banks are back in the black.

Links in full

BBC | TV licence fee should be scrapped, think tank says
David Graham | Sunday Times | Subscription is the BBC's best hope of salvation
Kamal Ahmed | Telegraph | ITV plans multi-million programme boost
James Ashton | Sunday Times | ITV switches channels with plan to make viewers pay
Glen Owen | Daily Mail | Jacqui Smith applies for top BBC job: £77k a year for just 2½ days a week... and all the expenses former minister can claim
BBC | Newspaper review

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