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Torin Douglas Torin Douglas | 10:04 UK time, Tuesday, 11 January 2011

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

Ex-Formula One boss Max Mosley will go to the European court today in a bid to reform celebrity privacy laws, the BBC reports. He will make a case for "prior notification", which would compel the UK press to go to public figures at the heart of a story before running it. A victory could mean the end for "kiss and tell" stories but critics say it could also damage serious journalism. In 2008, Mr Mosley won a famous victory against the News of the World over an article about his sex life.

On Radio 4's Today programme Max Mosley denied that the move would curb investigative journalism, such as the Daily Telegraph's expose of MPs' expenses.

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The Guardian says News Corporation is gearing up for "confidential discussions" with Jeremy Hunt's government department this week about its bid to take full control of BSkyB. Objectors to the deal - including Guardian Media Group, Trinity Mirror, BT, Channel 4, and the publishers of the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph - have complained that News Corp is being given unfair inside access to the Department of Culture Media and Sport.

Roy Greenslade says in the Guardian media commentators are split over Rupert Murdoch's bid for full ownership of BSkyB. He cites Stephen Glover who has written in the Independent in favour of the takeover, criticising a Henry Porter article in the Observer. In a letter to the Financial Times, Lords Fowler, Puttnam and others say the takeover would undermine UK media plurality.

The BBC's newspaper review says City bonuses preoccupy many of the papers. The Guardian says it is "game, set and match" to the City. The Daily Telegraph says "Cameron admits defeat over bonuses" and according to the Daily Mail, Downing Street appears to have run up the white flag.

Links in full

BBC | Max Mosley seeks reform of celebrity privacy laws
BBC | Mosley: Press freedom 'vital'
Guardian | News Corp to hold 'confidential talks' with government on BSkyB bid
Guardian | Media commentators split over Murdoch's BSkyB move
BBC | Newspaper review

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