30/03/2011

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Last weekend, a Libyan woman, Eman al-Obeidi, broke through the security surrounding foreign journalists in a Tripoli hotel to tell a horrific story. She accused Gaddafi's forces of beating and raping her before being dragged away. Jonathan Miller, foreign correspondent for Channel 4 News, was attacked as he tried to record Eman al-Obeidi's story. He explains the difficulties of reporting objectively from Libya where "the lies and spin and obfuscation are boundless."

The culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has faced a series of challenges in recent months including negotiations over the BBC's new licence fee settlement, questions about digital piracy, plans for local television and the controversy over News Corp's bid for BSkyB. On the day that hundreds of arts organisations hear they have lost their funding due to Arts Council cuts, Jeremy Hunt talks to Steve Hewlett about his plans.

The question of whether paywalls pay is up for debate again as The New York Times launches its second attempt at a paywall and The Times announces apparently encouraging figures. But can online subscribers, who pay significantly less than those who buy The Times in print form, make up for falling readers of the paper? The editor of The Times, James Harding, explains how the figures break down.

The Producer is Simon Tillotson.

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Wed 30 Mar 2011 13:30
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