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Torin Douglas Torin Douglas | 10:59 UK time, Thursday, 3 February 2011

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

BBC Radio 5 Live has attracted a record 7.1m listeners and the commercial station TalkSport a record 3.1m in the latest RAJAR audience figures. The Guardian says "Talk radio has never had it so good after an unlikely combination of government cuts, England's cricket tour of Australia, snow and the ever-enduring popularity of Premier League football."

The prime minister has chosen a senior executive at BBC News to replace Andy Coulson as Director of Government Communications. Craig Oliver, controller of English at BBC Global News, and former editor of the BBC News at Six and Ten, will take up the post shortly. The BBC reports his job will be to lead efforts to sell David Cameron, the Coalition and the Conservative Party to the country. His profile on the BBC says has worked in broadcasting for almost two decades. BBC political editor Nick Robinson says he is "shocked and yet not altogether surprised" with the appointment.

The Guardian says Rupert Murdoch has sought to put a seal on his reputation as a visionary media tycoon by launching the Daily, a news operation created from scratch and designed specifically for the iPad.
"Much is riding on it, not just Murdoch's personal legacy in the twilight of his career, but, in his own description, the future of how people produce and consume journalism."

The Duchess of Cornwall is to appear in BBC Radio 4's long-running rural drama The Archers. In last night's episode, regular character Caroline Sterling revealed that the Duchess was to pay a visit to the Grey Gables hotel. The BBC reports Camilla's brief appearance will be broadcast on 16 February. She will feature in her role as president of the National Osteoporosis Society.

The BBC's newspaper review says the violence in Egypt is reported on most front pages - and is the lead for the Guardian and the Independent. The Guardian says there was a co-ordinated bid by Hosni Mubarak's regime to wrest back control of the streets and reassert its authority over the country. For Robert Fisk in the Independent, this was as close to civil war as Egypt has come.

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