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Torin Douglas, Media correspondent

Torin Douglas Former media correspondent

Torin is no longer with the BBC but we've left his page for reference

A farewell to the BBC

10 June 2013

Torin Douglas has now retired after 24 years as the BBC's media correspondent. In this article he looks back at the changes he's seen - and reported on:

Torin Douglas: 24 years in media (5 June 2013)

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Leveson: Press and politicians still seek solution

27 January 2013
The Leveson Report
Eight weeks ago, the 2,000-page Leveson Report was published

For months, the Leveson Inquiry dominated the news, as a succession of high-profile witnesses gave evidence - actors Hugh Grant and Sienna Miller, singer Charlotte Church; the parents of Milly Dowler and Madeleine McCann; editors, proprietors, police chiefs, politicians.

The climax came at the end of November, when Lord Justice Leveson published his 2,000-page report in the heart of Westminster. A few days later Prime Minister David Cameron summoned national newspaper editors to Downing Street, demanding urgent action.

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BBC Newsnight: Entwistle says 'wrong' to air film

10 November 2012

After weeks under fire for not broadcasting Newsnight's report of child abuse allegations against Jimmy Savile, the BBC has now had to apologise for a child abuse investigation it did broadcast.

This second episode is even more damaging than the first.

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BBC making 'sensible' plans for director general's exit

27 January 2012

Today's news is no great surprise.

It's been suggested for some time that Mark Thompson would step down after the Olympics and no date has yet been given.

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News International to sell Wapping site, publisher says

5 September 2011

Long before the current phone-hacking scandal, Rupert Murdoch's papers were at the centre of another controversy - and it made Wapping famous the world over.

By moving production of the Sun, the Times, the Sunday Times and News of the World from Fleet Street to a new site in east London, Rupert Murdoch broke the power of the print unions, which for years had resisted new technology.

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Race is on for local TV service bids

9 August 2011

The big question is how local TV will be paid for?

Jeremy Hunt has found it hard to convince established media companies that local TV is viable without Government funding.

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BBC considers Asian Network U-turn

14 March 2011

Why can't the BBC make up its mind? That will be many people's reaction to news that it's contemplating a second U-turn over plans to close a digital radio network.

It's also reported to be considering cuts to its local radio output, and replacing BBC2 daytime shows with news, and ditching Wimbledon or Formula 1.

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Lord Patten's BBC Trust role approved by MPs

12 March 2011

Lord Patten brings a wealth of experience to the job.

As a former cabinet minister, EU commissioner and governor of Hong Kong, he is used to dealing with bureaucracies and tough opponents.

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Lord Patten quizzed by MPs over BBC Trust job

10 March 2011

Asked when he'd last watched EastEnders, Lord Patten said even longer ago than he'd last had a McDonalds. One MP said "You hardly watch any telly and the telly you watch is hardly watched by anyone else!" Lord Patten replied that he didn't feel any shame in asserting Reithian principles, and the BBC should stand for the most civilised aspects of being British.

He rejected some MPs' suggestions that the BBC had shown institutional bias over issues such as Europe and the Middle East but said the Corporation had been wrong to let executives get paid "as if they were at Barclays".

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Murdoch BSkyB takeover decision defended by government

3 March 2011

If the deal goes ahead - and that's still not certain because BSkyB says News Corp must offer more for its shares - viewers shouldn't notice any difference.

Sky News prizes its reputation for independence and impartiality, and Jeremy Hunt says that will be enhanced under the deal.

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About Torin

Torin was the BBC as media correspondent from 1989 until his retirement in 2013. He has reported on the work of six BBC director generals, six BBC chairmen and a dozen cabinet ministers responsible for broadcasting and press issues.

He covered the royal family's "annus horribilis" in 1992, the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, and the ongoing debate over press and privacy. He has reported on the birth of BSkyB and the growth of the Murdoch empire, the ITV licence auction and mergers, and more than one BBC crisis.

Before joining the BBC, he worked for the Independent Broadcasting Authority, the Times, the Economist and the Independent, and presented LBC Radio's media show.

Torin studied history at the University of Warwick and is married with three children. He was awarded an MBE in the 2013 New Year's Honours list for services to the community in Chiswick.

David Sillito is now BBC News media correspondent.

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