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Torin Douglas Torin Douglas | 09:25 UK time, Tuesday, 22 March 2011

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

The Libyan government freed four New York Times journalists on Monday, six days after they were captured while covering the conflict between government and rebel forces in the eastern city of Ajdabiya. The paper says they were released into the custody of Turkish diplomats and crossed safely into Tunisia, from where they provided a harrowing account of their captivity.

Lawyers for the group of newspapers opposing News Corp's bid for BSkyB have written to the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, the Guardian reports. Slaughter and May said a proposal to split off Sky News would not be enough to address fears that Rupert Murdoch would dominate British media once his News Corp bought all of the satellite broadcaster. The consultation on the bid closed yesterday.

Radio 3 is to air an adaptation of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights "complete with foul language", says the Daily Mail. Romantic figures Heathcliff and Cathy will be heard using strong swear words. A Radio 3 spokesman said: "The use of strong language by some characters was not undertaken lightly. Language warnings will be broadcast at the beginning of the drama."

The Guardian says Andy Coulson, David Cameron's former director of communications, who resigned in January, is to take a PR role "providing strategic advice" to a global conference for future world leaders.

Google has been fined by France's privacy watchdog CNIL over the personal data it mistakenly gathered when setting up Street View, the BBC reports. The £87,000 (100,000 euro) penalty is the largest ever handed out by CNIL.

Julian Fellowes, who turned ITV's Downton Abbey into one of TV's hottest properties, is to create a mini-series about the sinking of the Titanic, reports the Daily Mail. ITV said the series will delve into the "unique perspectives" of the passengers on the "unsinkable" ship that was holed by an iceberg on its maiden voyage in 1912. Lord Fellowes is also to adapt Agatha Christie's Crooked House for a film.

The ongoing enforcement of a no-fly zone over Libya by a coalition of countries, which includes the UK, features prominently on several front pages, the BBC newspaper review shows. The Times, Daily Mirror and Daily Star lead on the use of human shields by Colonel Gaddafi's regime to foil air attacks.

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