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Torin Douglas Torin Douglas | 10:00 UK time, Wednesday, 22 December 2010

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

Business Secretary Vince Cable will stay in cabinet despite "declaring war" on Rupert Murdoch, says Downing Street. But he will be stripped of his powers to rule on Mr Murdoch's bid to take control of BSkyB, which will be handed to Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt. In my analysis on the BBC News website, I suggest his remarks shed new light on the media and political campaign to block the takeover.

Dan Sabbagh in the Guardian describes how the BBC broke the story after the Daily Telegraph didn't print the revelations yesterday. "So incensed was a whistleblower at the Telegraph, that he or she contacted Robert Peston, business editor for BBC News. It was Peston - a former business editor at the Sunday Telegraph - who broke the story."

Has the Daily Telegraph acted ethically in its use of undercover reporters to expose the private views of Vince Cable and other Liberal Democrat ministers? On Radio 4's Today, newspaper columnists Peter Preston and Stephen Glover discuss journalistic morality:

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The Sun says Vince Cable's "wild remarks" about Rupert Murdoch were made "in a sad bid to impress two young women" and prints pictures of the two women reporters. It says 70 civil servants at the Department for Business will move to the Department of Culture Media & Sport.

Earlier, the European Commission cleared the News Corporation takeover of BSkyB on competition grounds, reports the Guardian.

What are the views of the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Rupert Murdoch? On his website, he reproduces an interview with Broadcast magazine, in which he says "What we should recognise is that he has probably done more to create variety and choice in British TV than any other single person because of his huge investment in setting up Sky TV."

The BBC newspaper review says Vince Cable's controversial remarks about Rupert Murdoch and the subsequent loss of some of his powers feature on most newspaper front pages. The Independent headline reads: "The man who declared war on Murdoch, and lost".

Links in full

BBC | Vince Cable to stay on as Business Secretary
Dan Sabbagh | The Guardian | The Daily Telegraph: the scoop, a whistleblower, and the denials
Peter Preston and Stephen Glover | BBC Today | Telegraph scoop 'borderline' journalism
Tom Newton Dunn | The Sun | Cable: Strictly Come Duncing
James Robinson | The Guardian | EC clears News Corp's BSkyB takeover
Jeremy Hunt | Broadcast magazine interview with Jeremy Hunt
BBC | Newspaper review

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