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Torin Douglas Torin Douglas | 10:11 UK time, Monday, 29 November 2010

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

The Guardian says the BBC has appointed property consultants Lambert Smith Hampton to help sell Television Centre. Plans have been drawn up for approval by the finance committee next month. In the summer the BBC unveiled proposals for a redevelopment of the site as a "creative quarter" for independent TV production firms, performing groups, and media companies.

John Kampfner, chief executive of the Index on Censorship, says in the Independent that the furore over Wikileaks and its exposures shows that free speech "is woefully lacking in so much of British public life". He writes that "far from being 'feral beasts', to use Tony Blair's phrase, the British media are overly respectful of authority".

The BBC World Service was one of the biggest casualties of George Osborne's comprehensive spending review (CSR), according to James Robinson in the Guardian. He says this was "partially obscured" because the BBC was determined to put a positive spin on the settlement.

The contents of thousands of secret US diplomatic memos uploaded to whistleblowers' website Wikileaks are splashed all over the front pages, as the BBC newspaper review shows.

Links in full

Tara Conlan | Guardian | BBC firms up Television Centre sale
John Kampfner | Independent | Wikileaks shows up our media for their docility at the feet of authority
James Robinson | Guardian | Has BBC World Service become a sacrificial victim?
BBC | Newspaper review.

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