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The Financial Times says [registration required] six people are on the shortlist to be the next chairman of the BBC Trust, according to two insiders who have seen the document. Ben Fenton writes: "Lord Patten, former Conservative party chairman and governor of Hong Kong, is clear favourite. But Sir Howard Davies, director of the London School of Economics, might be preferred if the BBC were to be subject to more stringent reforms, the pair said."
It says the other names are Richard Lambert, form¬er Financial Times editor, now director-general of the CBI; Dame Patricia Hodgson, former BBC policy director, now principal of Newnham College, Cambridge; Anthony Fry, an investment banker; and Richard Hooper, former deputy chairman of Ofcom. Interviews will take place on 28 and 31 January.
The Mirror says "Fears are growing of a Tory takeover at the BBC after party grandee Chris Patten was lined up for the Corporation's top job. The Conservative peer... is favourite among the six contenders to be chairman of the BBC Trust."
The Pope has addressed the people of the UK on Radio 4's Thought for the Day, the first time the pontiff has broadcast to the people of one country. In his Christmas message, he says God is faithful to his promises but often surprises us by how he fulfils them.
The Guardian says the BBC has rejected accusations that its BBC1 drama The Nativity contained an "anti-Jewish" libel, after a leading rabbi complained about the portrayal of one its characters. The paper says the drama won praise from the Roman Catholic archbishop of Westminster, who said while there was "some clear dramatic licence" there remained "an overall fidelity, not only to the Gospel accounts but also to traditional imagery". The Evangelical Alliance called it an "utterly moving piece of television".
The Queen has made sport the central focus of her Christmas broadcast this year, Buckingham Palace has revealed. She emphasises how it can be used to build communities and create harmony, and highlights the important role that volunteers play reports the BBC.
The Mirror says "the Frankie Boyle racism storm plunged Channel 4 into crisis last night after major backers began pulling their adverts". L'Oreal said: "This is not language we condone and we are pulling the online advert." Nestle, which advertises its Nespresso coffee machine online, said it would not renew its contract with Channel 4. Fosters, which sponsors all comedy on the channel, refused to say whether it would renew the deal.
The BBC iPlayer is celebrating its third birthday with a record number of requests - 141 million during November and 1.3 billion across the year. Broadband TV News reports Doctor Who was the most watched single programme with 2.2 million requests for The Eleventh Hour.
The BBC's Newspaper review says the newspaper headlines on Christmas Eve make depressing reading for rail travellers. "Festive getaway derailed by lack of trains," according to the Daily Telegraph. The Daily Mail says: "Return ticket to chaos" because passengers returning to London on Boxing Day will be hit by strikes on the Underground.
Links in full
• Financial Times | Patten tops list to chair BBC Trust
• Mirror | Fears of Tory take-over at the BBC as former party chairman Lord Patten is lined up for top job
• BBC | The Pope's Thought For The Day
• BBC | God often surprises us, says Pope in BBC broadcast
• Guardian | BBC nativity drama was not 'anti-Jewish'
• BBC | Queen focuses on sport in speech
• Mirror | Frankie Boyle racism storm: C4 in crisis as major backers pull adverts
• Julian Clover | Broadband TV News | BBC iPlayer completes record year
• BBC | Newspaper review
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