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Concerns over US X Factor judge Cheryl Cole's accent

06 May 11 10:51
Torin Douglas
By Torin Douglas
Former media correspondent

This round-up of today's main media stories reports on questions following Cheryl Cole's signing as a judge on the US version of X Factor.

Simon Cowell has ended months of speculation by confirming that Cheryl Cole will join him as a judge on the US version of The X Factor, reports the Guardian. It says the announcement will spark a new round of speculation over whether Cole will continue as a judge on the ITV1 version of the show, which she joined three years ago.

The Independent says there are fears that her north-east accent may prove incomprehensible to viewers when the show launches in the US in the autumn.

BBC News is to axe a further 45 jobs in the final stage of a five-year plan that will see the loss of more than 450 posts, reports the Guardian. BBC News has already closed 420 posts under the Creative Future plan. By the end of year five, it will have saved £161m, of which the corporation said £63.4m has been reinvested into journalism.

The Financial Times says the Telegraph Media Group has made its first step towards charging readers for digital content with the release of a new iPad application. A "daily edition" of the Telegraph newspaper will be available for download at 5am every morning for a one-off fee of £1.19 or as part of a £9.99 monthly subscription. Print subscribers can access the app for free.

Many papers assess the coalition government's future after the elections - and there are warnings of trouble. The Times and Guardian carry comments by the former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown in which he accuses David Cameron of a breach of faith over the anti-AV campaign, as reported in the BBC's newspapers review.

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