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Torin Douglas Torin Douglas | 10:15 UK time, Tuesday, 14 December 2010

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

The Guardian says Sir Michael Lyons, the outgoing chairman of the BBC Trust, will today tell the BBC's competitors they will have the right to comment on how well they believe the public broadcaster is meeting its target of producing "high quality, distinctive" content. Writing on the Guardian website, he says priorities and budgets for BBC radio and television should be published a year in advance to give commercial broadcasters the chance to plan their own on-air schedules and spending.

BBC Radio 3 today becomes the first in the UK to broadcast full time in so-called "high definition sound". The Telegraph says listeners will need a computer and speakers better than those that come with most laptops or standard PCs.

The Commons culture, media and sport select committee has criticised Channel 4 for the "unacceptably high" salary it paid to its former chief executive Andy Duncan. The MPs say it was "wrong" to pay Duncan a loyalty bonus of more than £220,000 for agreeing to stay with the company for two years, reports the Guardian.

American-style local TV news for towns and cities - as opposed to the broader regional news bulletins currently provided by the BBC and ITV - will be a reality by the summer of 2012, according to Government plans. The Telegraph says the yellow button on the TV remote control could be used to link straight to local news.

A satirical sketch which parodies the student gap year has been named as one of YouTube's biggest hits of 2010. 'Gap Yah', created by theatre group The Unexpected Items, was named best homegrown comedy, reports the Daily Mail.

Episodes of The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing helped attract the biggest Sunday night audience for nearly 20 years. An average total of 28 million people switched on their TV between 1800 and 2230 - the biggest on a Sunday since 1992, when current research methods began, the BBC reports.

The BBC's newspaper review says the Daily Express takes one look at the suicide bombing in Sweden and concludes that "once again, all Islamist roads lead back to Britain". And not just Britain, as the Daily Telegraph points out, but Luton.

Links in full

Guardian | Sky and ITV to have a say on BBC's shows
Guardian | Silencing the 'white noise' around the BBC
Telegraph |Radio 3 begins 'HD' broadcasts
Guardian | MPs say Andy Duncan's salary was 'unacceptably high'
Telegraph | Local TV news? Press the yellow button
Daily Mail | 'I'm on my gap yah'
BBC | Sunday night TV ratings highest on record
BBC | Newspaper review

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