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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

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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What the press coverage of Prince Harry tells us

23 August 2012
A selection of front pages from around the UK
The UK press held fire on the photographs, but not the coverage

The UK press has declined to print pictures of Prince Harry naked in a Las Vegas hotel room, after St James's Palace contacted the Press Complaints Commission. What does this say about British media in the midst of the Leveson Inquiry?

British papers may not have printed the pictures of Prince Harry, but they have reported the furore in full detail - and told readers where they can find the photos, which first surfaced on the TMZ entertainment website in the US.

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Prince Harry naked photos prompted palace call to PCC

23 August 2012

British papers may not have printed the pictures of Prince Harry, but they have reported the furore in full detail - and told readers where they can find the photos, which first surfaced on the TMZ entertainment website in the US.

In the past, some papers would have happily countered this with claims that the story was in the public interest, pointing out the risk posed to the prince's security. But for the moment, newspapers are playing safe, waiting for Leveson.

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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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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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