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Sir Michael Lyons responds to George Osborne's BBC deal; Lorraine Heggessey on the challenge facing new BBC1 controller Danny Cohena; and the UK climbs up press freedom league.

After the chancellor George Osborne's announcement on the funding of the BBC, Steve Hewlett asks BBC Trust chairman Sir Michael Lyons if this really is a good deal for an independent BBC or, as some claim, the day the BBC became a state broadcaster.

Media commentator Dan Sabbagh looks at how the deal was put together and early signs that parts are already unravelling.

Danny Cohen is the new controller of BBC1. Former controller Lorraine Heggessey looks at the challenges he faces. Can viewers expect a taste of his former channels aimed at younger people, BBC3 and E4?

And, today, Reporters without Borders releases its annual survey of press freedom around the world. Why, in their view, does the UK still not make the top ten - and where do they stand on the Pentagon's call for journalists to stop reporting leaks from Wikileaks?

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