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Torin Douglas Torin Douglas | 11:12 UK time, Friday, 21 May 2010

I'm the BBC's media correspondent and this is my brief selection of what you need to know.

The Independent reports that James Murdoch has attacked the British Library's plans to digitise 40 million newspaper pages and make them widely available. The Times and Sunday Times will start previewing their paid-for websites next week.

Plans to give the National Audit Office full access to the BBC's accounts appear in the Government coalition document. The Guardian asks if this will mean greater transparency or if it threatens the BBC's independence from Parliament.

The BBC reports that the document also says surplus licence fee money could be used to pay for high-speed internet broadband in rural areas.

But the Press Gazette notes that Labour's plans to replace ITV regional news with "independently funded news consortia" appear to have been buried, as the Conservatives pledged before the election.

Google has joined the race to unite live TV with the web, in collaboration with Sony. But, the BBC reports, the public demonstration was plagued by glitches as too many people in the hall were using WiFi.

The Guardian reports that Sky is to show the final episode of Lost at the same time as it's seen in the US, to foil internet pirates. It's showing it five days earlier than planned - at 5 o'clock on Monday morning!

News that scientists have created an artificial life-form is scrutinised by the papers, as reflected in the BBC newspaper review.

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