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Torin Douglas Torin Douglas | 10:03 UK time, Wednesday, 3 March 2010

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

The BBC director general Mark Thompson will meet union leaders today to discuss his planned shake-up at the Corporation. They've promised to fight any closures. The campaign to save 6Music is growing as reported by the BBC and in the Daily Mail.

The BBC chairman Sir Michael Lyons has been interviewed on Today.

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The newspapers are divided over the wisdom of the plans and whether the cuts go far enough.
The Independent says the BBC should have taken an axe to bloated management, not programme services.


The Daily Mail says the cuts are a start but look like the minimum the BBC thinks it can get away with.


The Daily Telegraph says the BBC has gone from national treasure to broadcasting bully. In the Guardian, Jonathan Freedland says the BBC is caving in to a Tory media policy dictated by Rupert Murdoch, but Emily Bell writes that the BBC's dominance will remain.

The BBC reports ITV has announced profits of £25 million, following a £2.7 billion loss in 2008. Reuters adds that they're the first figures to be unveiled by its new chairman Archie Norman.

BBC and the Guardian report the three main party leaders have agreed to the terms of three TV election debates, on BBC1, ITV1 and Sky News. Smaller parties are still lobbying to get their own debates.

The BBC newspaper review reflects how BBC plans are being dissected by the newspapers.

Links in full

BBC NewsBBC | BBC Trust open to 6 Music 'rethink'
MailPaul Revior | Daily Mail | Tories to 'name and shame' top earning BBC stars
BBC NewsBBC | ITV returns to profit after cost cuts
ReutersReuters | ITV sees ad revs up 15-20 pct in April
BBC NewsBBC | Agreement reached on rules for live TV leaders' debates
GuardianPatrick Wintour | Guardian | Party leaders agree TV election debate rules
BBC NewsBBC | Newspaper review

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