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Torin Douglas Torin Douglas | 10:19 UK time, Thursday, 7 October 2010

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

Media Guardian says the BBC's commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, has won a reprieve from being sold by the government after the Coalition said it has "no commitment" to offloading the business. Last year, the Labour government included BBC Worldwide in the portfolio of assets it was considering selling.

The Daily Mirror says Prince Harry is "furious" at a Channel 4 film showing him being kidnapped while serving in Afghanistan. The "dramatised documentary" claims to portray what would happen if the royal was seized by the Taliban. Channel 4 said the film dealt with a "timely" subject in an appropriate and responsible manner.

A poem in which Ted Hughes describes the night his first wife Sylvia Plath took her own life in 1963 has been published for the first time. Last Letter has been printed in New Statesman magazine, whose guest editor Melvyn Bragg was directed to the piece by the poet's second wife, Carol.

Media Guardian says News International is pushing ahead with plans to launch a paid-for app for the iPad which would aggregate news from its own titles and those of other publishers. It says there is scepticism from rival firms about who will have editorial control. The Guardian says one source told them "It's hard to see News International acting as an independent third party. It would feel like Rupert was editor."

The BBC reports that Facebook has introduced features aimed at giving users more control over their information and who can see it. Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said. "We have heard that people want to share information with smaller groups. It will enable people to share things they wouldn't have wanted to share with all of their friends."

The BBC's newspaper review says some of the main themes of David Cameron's Tory conference speech are reflected on the front pages. The Daily Express detects echoes of Margaret Thatcher's "no turning back" speech. For the Daily Mirror, such language resurrected what it calls the frightening spectre of Mrs Thatcher.

Links in full


Tara Conlan | Guardian | BBC Worldwide earns reprieve from government sale
Mark Jefferies | Mirror | Prince Harry furious over C4's 'tasteless' kidnap drama
Daniel Trilling | New Statesman | Ted Hughes's poem on the night Sylvia Plath died
Jemima kiss | Guardian | NI yet to convince rivals over iPad aggregation app
Maggie Shiels | BBC | Facebook unveils 'groups' feature and user controls
BBC | Newspaper review

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