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Torin Douglas Torin Douglas | 10:30 UK time, Tuesday, 5 October 2010

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

Has the curse of ITV struck again? As Daybreak attracts fewer viewers than GMTV, Mark Lawson says in the Guardian that Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley are the latest BBC stars who have failed to repeat their success when moving to commercial television. He says the roll call includes Morecambe & Wise, Michael Parkinson, Esther Rantzen, The Goodies and Desmond Lynam.

The Mirror reports that in its first month on the air, ITV's breakfast show Daybreak has attracted fewer viewers than ailing GMTV, which it replaced.

The Financial Times says [registration required] Twitter and Skype, two of the fastest-growing internet companies, have appointed new chief executives, with more business experience. Dick Costolo succeeds Evan Williams, a founder of Twitter, who said he would now focus on product development. Skype has hired Tony Bates, formerly a rising star at Cisco Systems.

Tate Britain has backed down in a row with photographers who had boycotted the launch of this year's Turner Prize reports the BBC. Photographers had refused to attend after being asked to sign a form banning images or words being published which could "result in any adverse publicity".

The death of the comic actor Sir Norman Wisdom is widely reported. His obituary by the BBC notes his films followed the same pattern where Sir Norman played the fool in his shrunken jacket and flat cap, defying fate and Mr Grimsdale, to get the girl in the final frame.

The BBC's newspaper review rounds up papers' conclusions on George Osborne's decision to do away with universal child benefit. "Bold and impressive" is The Times' verdict while The Daily Express calls it a "new tax raid on families" and the Daily Telegraph brands it "brutal" and "unfair".

Links in full

Mark Lawson | Guardian | Has the curse of ITV struck again?
Mark Jefferies | Mirror | Daybreak flops and is a bigger turn-off than GMTV
Financial Times | Skype and Twitter name new chief executives
BBC | Tate Britain backs down in photographer row
BBC | Obituary: Sir Norman Wisdom
BBC | Newspaper review

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