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Ban on provocative posters proposed

10 October 11 09:57
Torin Douglas
By Torin Douglas
Former media correspondent

This round-up of Monday's main media stories reports on a proposed ban on provocative poster advertisements.

Provocative billboard ads could be banned over fears over the sexualisation of children, reports the Sunday Telegraph. It says "the most explicit advertising hoardings will be banned from public display altogether, while any put up within 100 yards of schools will have to pass a strict new code designed to remove sexualised imagery from billboards."

The paper adds there is a Downing Street summit this week. The move was one of a number of recommendations made in May this year following a Government-commissioned review by Reg Bailey, chief executive of the Mothers' Union.

The Daily Mail says "in what is seen as a victory for parent-power, sexually explicit images of women will be removed from billboards near schools, while the most X-rated posters will be banned altogether".

It says posters such as the Eva Herzigova 'Hello Boys' ad for Wonderbra and Sophie Dahl's Yves Saint Laurent perfume advert, in which she posed naked on a fur rug, would be banned.

The Mirror reports Danny Baker has hit out on Twitter at the BBC cuts - which have seen his award-winning radio show threatened. His weekday afternoon show on BBC London 94.9FM saw him named speech radio personality of the year at this year's Sony Awards but could now be axed.

The Guardian says "a handful of specially crafted glass valves each measuring one metre high are all that is stopping Radio 4 Long Wave, the historic home of Test Match Special, Yesterday in Parliament and the Daily Service going suddenly and permanently off air. "There are fewer than 10 in the world, and the BBC has been forced to buy up the entire supply. Each lasts anywhere between one and 10 years. Last week, Mark Thompson, the director-general of the BBC, signalled the beginning of the end for the 198 long-wave service."

Scotland's Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop is to meet BBC Scotland Director Ken MacQuarrie to raise concerns about the BBC's proposed budget cuts. BBC News reports BBC Scotland will lose up to 120 posts in a 16% fall in its budget by 2017. According to Ms Hyslop, the cuts will result in BBC Scotland's budget being less than a third of the money raised from Scottish licence fee payers.

The working relationship between Liam Fox and his friend Adam Werritty is dissected by the papers, as an internal inquiry is due to report its findings. The Daily Telegraph says the defence secretary and Mr Werritty have an "an unlikely friendship". The Times says their relationship was "a tangled one", as they have "shared investments, offices, holidays and houses," it says, as reported in the BBC's newspaper review.

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