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Torin Douglas Torin Douglas | 09:54 UK time, Monday, 17 January 2011

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

Colin Firth has been named Best Actor for The King's Speech at the Golden Globe awards. The Telegraph says Natalie Portman triumphed for her role in Black Swan and The Social Network picked up four awards.

Paul Gascoigne, the former England footballer, is to become the latest celebrity to sue the News of the World, alleging that he was a victim of the phone-hacking scandal that has rocked Rupert Murdoch's media empire. The Guardian reports his solicitor, Gerald Shamash, confirmed today that proceedings would be issued within days.

Four years after the phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World saw the newspaper's former royal correspondent, Clive Goodman, jailed, the story refuses to die. The Observer says each week another celebrity launches a legal action against the paper. It has established that at least six people have issued proceedings, with potentially scores more in the pipeline.

Peter Bazalgette says in the Telegraph some of Britain's finest creative artists are harnessing digital technology to cook up new ways of enjoying opera. Next month, Sky is broadcasting the first ever live 3D opera, a relay of ENO's new production of Donizetti's blood-curdling Lucrezia Borgia. The show's director, Mike Figgis of Leaving Las Vegas fame, will also be producing a film behind the scenes.

Watch out, Humphrys and Paxo, says Adam Sherwin in the Guardian. David Mitchell has announced his arrival in the pantheon of political inquisitors with a swipe at the "rottweiler" school of interviewing. Every Thursday from this week, the Peep Show star will grill a leading politician live in front of a studio audience during 10 O'Clock Live, a new Channel 4 topical comedy show.

The Daily Mirror says the BBC has asked more of its top stars to take a hefty pay cut - with salaries being slashed by up to a third. Presenters including Bruce Forsyth, Graham Norton and Gary Lineker could all be affected by the cutbacks. A Beeb source said: "They are all in negotiations and know cuts are coming whether they like it or not."

The BBC's newspaper review highlights a warning in the Guardian that NHS trusts in England are adopting a "dangerous path" by limiting routine operations in order to save costs. The Financial Times reveals that the new commissioner of the City of London Police wants to form an alliance with banks to combat fraud.

Links in full

Telegraph | Colin Firth wins Best Actor as The Social Network takes four awards
News of the World | Phone hacking: now Paul Gascoigne is ready to sue
Guardian | Four years on, phone-hacking scandal is still growing
Telegraph | English opera delivered to you live and in 3D
Guardian | David Mitchell to rival Paxman and grill politicians on new show
Mirror | Nick Knowles says he has taken a huge pay cut as the BBC slashes wages
BBC | Newspaper review

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