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Torin Douglas Torin Douglas | 09:56 UK time, Monday, 24 January 2011

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

The BBC is to reveal details of the cuts to its website it announced last year. The Times says Mark Thompson will announce a new strategy today that will see spending cut from £135 million to £100 million, and 360 of its 1,600 online staff made redundant. It says the BBC will cut celebrity coverage and in-depth financial analysis from its website.

Radio 4 Controller Gwyneth Williams is to launch a new science strand and a weekly interview programme, in place of the Tuesday morning shows On The Ropes, Taking a Stand and The Choice. In the Guardian, she gives her first interview since taking the job - and she also writes about her plans on the Radio 4 blog.

Criticisms of the police handling of the phone-hacking scandal have intensified. The Guardian reports Chris Huhne, the Lib Dem Energy Secretary, accused Scotland Yard of failing to properly investigate the allegations, while it emerged that Gordon Brown has asked police to establish whether he has been a victim.

The Observer says the phone-hacking scandal could spread to more newspapers. Mark Lewis, the lawyer who acted for Gordon Taylor of the Professional Footballers' Association in a damages claim against the NotW, said he was now representing four people who believe they were targeted by other tabloid papers.

The Guardian's architecture writer Jonathan Glancey gives his verdict on the new Broadcasting House. "Although not the truly inspirational building the BBC dreamed of, the new Broadcasting House will probably come to be seen as an imposing yet functional HQ" he says.

The BBC reports Miranda Hart has triumphed at the British Comedy Awards, with three titles, including Best Female Comedy Actress. Her BBC Two sitcom Miranda - which she stars in and writes - won Best New TV Comedy, and she also picked up the People's Choice Award, chosen by viewers.

In extracts from his memoirs in the Daily Mail, Peter Sissons writes about BBC news coverage of the deaths of the Queen Mother and Diana, Princess of Wales. He writes: "The BBC has a policy on everything, yet, when the chips are down, presenters make up editorial policy as they go along." On Saturday, he wrote that "left-wing bias is written into the BBC's DNA."

The BBC's newspaper review says papers have had the weekend to ponder Labour leader Ed Miliband's decision to promote one of his rivals - Ed Balls - to the job of shadow chancellor.

Links in full
Times | Celebrity news cut as BBC shrinks website to meet rivals' complaints
Guardian | Radio 4 chief vows greater 'internationalism'
Guardian | Phone-hacking scandal: Scotland Yard accused over investigations
Guardian | News of the World phone-hacking scandal threatens more newspapers
Guardian | The new BBC Broadcasting House: So what does £1bn buy?
BBC | Miranda Hart crowned queen of British Comedy Awards
Daily Mail | How BBC bosses ordered me to downplay the Queen Mother's death
Daily Mail | Left-wing bias? It's written through the BBC's very DNA, says Peter Sissons
BBC | Newspapers review

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