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Torin Douglas Torin Douglas | 10:27 UK time, Tuesday, 28 September 2010

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

The Government is to lift all restrictions on the ownership of local newspapers, radio and television. The BBC reports that in a speech today, the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt will call for a new "landscape of local TV services", in some cases broadcasting for just one hour a day. But a report published by his department says advertising revenue alone won't be enough to support them. Mr Hunt says on Radio 4's Today Programme that something needs to be done to stilmulate investment in new media services that give a proper voice to local people.

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The Guardian says the panel advising the government on local TV has questioned its commercial viability. It says the panel's initial conclusions echo a report published last week by Ofcom on the feasibility of delivering local TV via a range of technical platforms.

Last night, the BBC withdrew an edition of Panorama on the financial affairs of the Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft. The BBC said "We put a number of questions to Lord Ashcroft two weeks ago, including one relating to a share interest transfer... This afternoon we have been given information that sheds new light on that issue and we will therefore review the programme."

BBC News reports that the personal details of thousands of Sky broadband customers have been leaked on to the internet, alongside a list of pornographic movies they are alleged to have shared online. The UK's Information Commissioner said he would investigate. Privacy expert Simon Davis has called it "one of the worst breaches" of the Data Protection Act he had ever seen.

Actress Emma Thompson has spoken out against the use of sloppy language. The Telegraph reports her as saying in Radio Times that she told pupils at her old school not to use slang words "because it makes you sound stupid, and you're not stupid".

Jan Moir in the Daily Mail says ITV's new Sunday night costume drama Downton Abbey has arrived not a moment too soon.

The BBC's newspaper review shows the Miliband brothers are once again dominating the headlines, as the newspapers ponder Ed's first speech as leader and David's political future.

Links in full

BBC | Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt backs local TV stations
Jeremy Hunt | BBC Today Programme | Local media market 'has failed'
Mark Sweney | Guardian | Experts question Jeremy Hunt's local TV plan
BBC | Panorama programme on Lord Ashcroft withdrawn by BBC
Daniel Emery | BBC | Adult video-sharing list leaked from law firm
Martin Evans | Telegraph | Actress Emma Thompson attacks poor language
Jan Moir | Daily Mail | I'm in telly comfort heaven!
BBC | Newspaper review

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