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Thursday 16 February 2012

Verity Murphy | 17:01 UK time, Thursday, 16 February 2012

Tonight we ask if newspapers have a future.

The Lords communications committee has said that the printed press is in "crisis", with local papers under particularly "severe" pressure. The committee suggested that ministers "think creatively" about offering tax breaks to newspapers to help them through a "difficult" time of falling sales and revenue.

The press has also come under extreme criticism in recent months, as a result of the phone-hacking scandal which led to the closure of the News of the World.

And now The Sun is embroiled in a crisis, with 10 current and former senior reporters and executives at The Sun arrested since November over alleged corrupt payments to public officials, prompting Rupert Murdoch to fly in tomorrow to take direct charge of the situation.

Peter Marshall reports and we debate in the studio with a former News International editor, a victim of hacking and a news website editor.

Also Mark Urban reports from Tripoli on the state of Libya on the eve of the first anniversary of the revolt that toppled Muammar Gaddafi.

And following the news that UK unemployment rose by 48,000 to 2.67 million in the three months to December, we look at the row over an advert on the Jobcentre Plus website, which said Tesco was looking for a permanent night shift worker in a store in East Anglia, paying just expenses and Jobseekers' Allowance.

Tesco has said that the advert was a mistake, and should have been for work experience, rather than a permanent job role.

However, the debate about jobseekers being made to work for major companies without pay or risk having benefits suspended rumbles on.



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