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Torin Douglas Torin Douglas | 10:30 UK time, Wednesday, 5 January 2011

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

Around 3,400 viewers have complained to the BBC about an EastEnders storyline involving cot death and a baby swap, reports the BBC and the Mirror. Ronnie Branning, played by Samantha Womack, swapped her deceased baby for the new born son of Jessie Wallace's character, Kat Moon. Complainants have called it "insensitive", "irresponsible" and "desperate". The BBC said: "We appreciate this is a challenging storyline and have taken care to ensure viewers were aware of the content in advance of transmission. We also provided action line numbers at the end of each show, offering advice and support to those affected by the issues."

The London station Capital FM is now being broadcast across the country at certain times of the day - but can it really appeal to the whole of Britain? The Independent says its backers think so - and they're ready to take on Radio 1.

Jemima Kiss says in the Guardian Facebook might be forced by US regulators to take the social networking company public as new investors pile in. It follows this week's $500m (£320m) round of investment led by Goldman Sachs, which valued Facebook at $50bn - "as big as Tesco".

The BBC's newspaper review shows the rise in VAT leaves the leader writers divided - for the Times it is unappealing but necessary to restore the public finances. But the Guardian describes the increase as a political choice dressed up as economic necessity.

Links in full


BBC | EastEnders cot death complaints top 3,400
Mirror | EastEnders baby death and kidnap plot sees BBC flooded with complaints
Independent | Capital: National treasure?
Guardian | SEC may force Facebook flotation
BBC | Newspaper review

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