Hollywood attempts to block British film pirates

Screengrab of Newzbin 2, BBC The film industry want to block access to a website which, it says, promotes piracy

This round-up of Tuesday's main media stories looks ahead to an attempt by Hollywood studios to stop films being illegally downloaded in Britain.

Hollywood film studios will take their battle against illicit downloading to the high court in London today, the Guardian reports. The newspaper says it's in an attempt to force Britain's largest internet service provider, BT, to block access to Newzbin2 - a website that allegedly distributes pirated material. The case is backed by backed by Warner Bros, Fox, Disney and Paramount Pictures, the Motion Picture Association. The Guardian adds that if the successful, "the ruling will pave the way for more music and film companies to go to the courts seeking blocking orders".

The Royal correspondent of the Press Association news agency yesterday became the fifth person to be arrested in the Scotland Yard investigation of the phone hacking scandal at the News of the World, reports the Independent. It says Laura Elston, who has covered royal stories for the agency since 2003, was released on bail yesterday evening after being detained on suspicion of intercepting voicemails.

The world's longest-running children's programme Blue Peter will make its final broadcast from the BBC's Television Centre studios today. The BBC reports that after its summer break, the programme will be broadcast from Salford, Greater Manchester. It's part of the relocation of several BBC departments, including children's programmes, BBC Sport, TV's Breakfast and Radio 5 live.

The Telegraph reports that almost 27 million Britons visited Facebook in May this year. The paper quotes research by UKOM/Nielsen which shows it is now Britain's second most popular website behind Google. It overtook MSN, which includes Microsoft's web portal, its search engine Bing and Windows Live for the first time.

The UKOM/Nielsen figures show the BBC is still well ahead of the Daily Mail in online news readership in the UK, says Press Gazette. The BBC News website had 11.14m online readers/viewers in May, compared with 6.3m readers for Mail Online. It says the UKOM/Nielsen data is based on a survey of 50,000 website users and tends to provide lower figures than ABC - which uses server data showing the number of different computers which have logged on to a site.

The BBC will hand back a Royal Television Society award given to a now-discredited Panorama documentary on the alleged use of child labour by Primark, says Digital Spy. The BBC Trust ruled that it was "more likely than not" that some footage was not genuine. A BBC spokesman told The Times: "The BBC has apologised for including a short section of film which could not be authenticated... We acknowledge that a serious error was made and it would be inappropriate to keep the RTS award."

The teachers' strike planned for later this week and the appearance of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Wimbledon feature prominently in Tuesday's newspapers, as reported in the BBC's newspapers review.

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