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Torin Douglas Torin Douglas | 09:45 UK time, Wednesday, 8 September 2010

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

The Guardian says the BBC is locked in talks with the government over possible cuts of 25% to the World Service. It quotes a diplomatic source who says broadcasts to Burma are under threat.

The Commons Home Affairs Committee is to investigate the latest allegations that politicians and celebrities had their phones hacked by the News of the World. The Daily Mail says it will take only written evidence, so Andy Coulson - the paper's former editor, who denies any knowledge of wrongdoing - will not be grilled by MPs.

Ann Widdecombe, Felicity Kendall, Pamela Stephenson and Patsy Kensit are among the line-up for Strictly Come Dancing this year, the BBC report. The men include Gavin Henson, Paul Daniels, Goldie and Peter Shilton. The Mirror point out Ann Widdecombe won't be the oldest, beaten to the title by Paul Daniels.

Mad Men returns to BBC4 tonight. Melanie Phillips says In the Daily Mail that it's her guilty secret and tells us about "the hollow heart of our society today".

In the Guardian's G2, David Hare says Mad Men is "the perfect show for our time".

The Guardian's Will Dean reports that the show's prop master Ellen Freund says she relies on 60s obsessives to create the look.

The Guardian report Google has announced it will launch its internet TV service in the US this autumn and round the world next year.

Peter Carey, who has won the Man Booker Prize twice, heads this year's shortlist reports the BBC. He is joined by Andrea Levy, Emma Donoghue, Damon Galgut, Howard Jacobson and Tom McCarthy.

The appointment of Bob Diamond as the new chief executive of Barclays Bank prompts strong feelings in a number of Wednesday's papers, as shown in the BBC newspaper review.


Links in full

Guardian | BBC World Service broadcasts in Burma face axe
Jason Groves | Daily Mail | Phone hacking row gathers pace as MPs start new inquiry
BBC | Strictly Come Dancing line-up is revealed
Mark Jefferies | Mirror | Are we doing lifts this year?
Melanie Phillips | Daily Mail | The genius of Mad Men and what it tells us about the hollow heart of our society today
David Hare | Guardian | Mad Men: the future of American film is on television
Will Dean | Guardian | Mad Men: the props
Charles Arthur | Guardian | Google TV to launch this year
BBC | Peter Carey heads up Booker shortlist
BBC | Newspaper review


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