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Torin Douglas Torin Douglas | 10:45 UK time, Friday, 4 February 2011

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

The Telegraph reports the Premier League faces a protracted legal battle to defend its lucrative television rights after a top lawyer in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) advised that the present arrangements are illegal.

The BBC has apologised for remarks made on the television programme Top Gear which caused outrage in Mexico. Top Gear presenters characterised Mexicans as lazy and feckless reports the BBC. In a letter to Mexico's ambassador in London, the BBC said it was sorry if it had offended some people, but said jokes based on national stereotyping were part of British national humour.

The Daily Mail says a Mexican has instructed lawyers to bring a test case against Top Gear. Iris de la Torre, a jewellery design student in London, is bringing the claim under a new equality law. Her lawyers claim it could cost the BBC £1m in damages.

Journalists from the BBC, al-Jazeera, and other Arab news organisations have faced fresh attacks from pro-government "thugs" in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. The Guardian says reporters from a number of media organisations, including CNN's Anderson Cooper and the BBC's Jerome Boehm, were targeted as supporters of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak continued their attacks against anti-government protesters.

The Daily Mail says the Government's plans for digital radio switchover "have been dealt another blow" after it was revealed that the share of listening through the new technology has not gone up in the last nine months. New listening results show only 15.8 % of all radio listening is through digital audio broadcasting, the main service meant to be driving the migration from FM and AM.

The BBC's newspaper review says the Times is furious about what it says is a campaign of intimidation and violence towards foreign journalists and human rights workers in Cairo. The Daily Mirror's reporter, Alun Palmer, describes how he was beaten up.

Links in full

Telegraph | Pub landlady's European case threatens to scupper Premier League's £1.78 billion TV deal
BBC | BBC offers apology for Top Gear comments on Mexico
Daily Mail | Mexican takes legal action against Top Gear after Hammond calls her nation 'lazy, feckless and flatulent'
Guardian | Egypt protests: BBC, CNN and al-Jazeera journalists attacked
Daily Mail | The digital refuseniks: Millions refuse to trade in FM radios ahead of big switch
BBC | Newspaper review

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