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Torin Douglas Torin Douglas | 11:16 UK time, Thursday, 16 December 2010

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

The Guardian says lawyers for the actress Sienna Miller "have secured explosive new evidence" linking one of the News of the World's most senior editorial executives to the hacking of voicemail messages. It claims the evidence contradicts the account of the paper and its former editor Andy Coulson, media adviser to the Prime Minister, that only one "rogue reporter" was involved in phone-hacking.

The Financial Times says [registration required] top BBC officials have denied to MPs that there were "whoops of joy" when the corporation secured a deal with the government for a six-year freeze of its £3.5bn licence fee funding. A Conservative member of the Commons culture, media and sport committee suggested to Mark Thompson, the director-general, and Sir Michael Lyons, chairman of the BBC Trust that the deal was not that tough, representing a 16% cut in spending over six years.

After six years of building work, Broadcasting House in central London has been officially handed over to the BBC. The Guardian says executives hope the £1bn enterprise will be a symbol of the corporation's openness and accountability. The state-of-the-art newsroom will be visible from the street and through a glass window in a BBC Media Cafe open to the public. To avoid a security breach, "the room has toughened glass which can be darkened to frustrate telephoto lenses".

Sir David Attenborough, who's made a 3D documentary about dinosaurs for Sky, says the new format will never be widely used on TV, reports the Telegraph. He says the 3D glasses make viewing anti-social and it will only be used for 'event television'.

The BBC's newspaper review says there are dramatic photographs on the front pages of the crowded refugee boat that was driven onto rocks off Australia's Christmas Island. At least 27 people drowned but the authorities have warned that more bodies are likely to be found.

Links in full

Guardian | Phone hacking approved by top News of the World executive - new files
Financial Times | BBC officials tell of relief over funding deal
Guardian | And here is today's news ... BBC's state-of-the-art building
Telegraph | Sir David Attenborough: why 3D TV won't quite take off
BBC | Newspaper review

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