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Torin Douglas Torin Douglas | 10:41 UK time, Friday, 22 October 2010

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

The BBC reports BSkyB has added 96,000 customers in the first quarter, well ahead of predictions. It now has 9.96m subscribers and reported a 25% increase in operating profits, to £255m.

The Guardian says Rupert Murdoch threw his support behind the coalition government last night, applauding its tough approach to cutting the budget deficit. Drawing a comparison between the government and Margaret Thatcher, Murdoch said: "Like the lady, the coalition must not be for turning."

The Financial Times says [registration required] Mr Murdoch made only oblique references to the issues facing his UK interests, such as the full takeover of BSkyB.

The Guardian reports that the BBC's director of global news, Peter Horrocks, told staff that some language services would be closed as part of a "seismic shift" for the whole organisation, as it moved to being funded by the licence fee. He said the corporation was also looking at introducing advertising on some of the World Service's 31 foreign-language websites.

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has lowered the rating of Colin Firth's new film The King's Speech from 15 to 12A reports the BBC. The film's distributors appealed after it was given the higher rating because of bad language. It shows King George VI being encouraged by a speech therapist to swear, to overcome a stammer.

The BBC reports EastEnders will be broadcast in high definition for the first time on Christmas Day. Other shows such as Doctor Who and Top Gear are already being shown in the HD format. The BBC One HD channel will be launched on 3 November, simulcasting the BBC One schedule.

The BBC's newspaper review rounds-up the papers' criticisms of Chancellor George Osborne's levy on banks. The banks have wriggled off the hook, says the Guardian, despite Chancellor George Osborne's vow to make them pay. "The City barely shrugged yesterday" agrees the Independent, while shares in the banks "were all but unmoved".

Links in full


BBC | BSkyB reports rapid customer pick-up
Guardian | Rupert Murdoch applauds coalition's 'tough' approach to spending cuts
Financial Times | Murdoch says Thatcher 'source of inspiration'
Guardian | BBC World Service considers hosting ads on some foreign-language websites
BBC | Colin Firth welcomes censors' reclassification decision
BBC | EastEnders to be broadcast in HD on Christmas Day
BBC | Newspaper review

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