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Torin Douglas Torin Douglas | 11:08 UK time, Monday, 25 October 2010

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

The BBC director general Mark Thompson writes in the Guardian that the new licence fee deal will strengthen the Corporation's independence. In an opinion piece, he says it will mean a leaner BBC with a focus on high-quality content.

But a Guardian editorial says "the BBC settlement has injured its independence". It says the Foreign Office retains control over where and in which languages the World Service broadcasts and "the government now has a foothold in Broadcasting House".

In the Independent Stephen Glover says the cut to the BBC budget is draconian and shows that, so far as the Coalition is concerned, the BBC is just another department of government spending.

The Information Commissioner's Office is to reopen its inquiry into Google's collection of personal data during its Street View project reports the BBC. At the time, it said no "significant" personal details were collected. But Google has now admitted that e-mails and passwords were copied.

The Times reports [subscription required] that Ofcom is to cut 170 jobs out of 870, as its budget falls by 28%.

The post of chairman of the BBC Trust is advertised in MediaGuardian. The salary of £110,000, for a three-to-four-day week, is less than before. Last year, Sir Michael Lyons earned £143,000 (£213,000, including travel and accommodation benefits). It is also less than the prime minister's salary of £142,500.

Last month, Neil Midgley discussed in the Telegraph the selection process for the chairman of the BBC Trust and the qualifications likely to be sought by the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Last week the Guardian reported that the DCMS has postponed the appointment of the Trust vice-chairman, so the two posts can be filled at the same time.

Many of the national newspapers consider the further implications of the cuts announced in the government's spending review, including their effect on education, charities and the navy as the BBC newspaper review shows.

Links in full

Mark Thompson | Guardian | Licence fee deal will strengthen independence
Guardian | BBC settlement has injured its independence
Stephen Glover | Independent | BBC independence was a mirage
BBC | Privacy body to re-examine Google
Patrick Foster | Times | One in five jobs go at media regulator
Guardian | BBC Trust chairman vacancy
Neil Midgley | Telegraph | BBC chairman wanted
Tara Conlan | Guardian | DCMS postpones appointment of BBC Trust vice-chairman
BBC | Newspaper review

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