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Media: BBC World battles as CNN steals show

The BBC global channel's coverage of East Timor has been hailed as an example of British journalism at its best. That said, BBC World attracts far fewer viewers than its formidable American rival. And now, to the horror of senior journalists, it faces harsh job cuts

Letter: The BBC World view

Sir: Kate Adie is quite right about the vital role played by BBC World in her message to the new BBC Director-General (29 June). But there is another point which may interest him.

Voting For A New Britain: TV news to reflect devolution

THE BBC unveiled a new-style Six O'Clock News yesterday intended to deal with the separate news agendas of the post- devolution Britain.

Slap in face for young blondes as over-40 wins TV bias case

IF YOU have ever been infuriated by the formulaic TV news shows in the US, which pair a blandly handsome male of any age with a decidedly under- forties blonde, this verdict is for you. A court in Connecticut has awarded Janet Peckinpaugh, who is now very much the "wrong" side of 40 but still almost blond, more than $8m (pounds 5m) in compensation after she was dropped as a $200,000-plus-a-year news presenter.

BBC settles fight over news line-up

THE BBC completed its long-awaited rejig of news presenters yesterday after two years of turmoil which has seen most of the broadcaster's senior newsreaders pitted against each other and damage to at least one executive's chance of becoming the next director-general.

Bad BBC news from north of the border

LAST WEEK, the Scottish Daily Record turned its front page into a wild-west "Wanted" poster. It demanded the heads of the "BBC hitmen" guilty of "the cold-blooded murder of Scotland's news programme". Underneath were mug-shots of Will Wyatt, head of broadcasting and Tony Hall, director of news and current affairs. When the corporation's recent strategy review called for BBC news to be more "accessible" to popular opinion, I don't think this is quite what they had in mind.

Leading Article: Some sad news

THE ABOLITION of News At Ten is a cause for national mourning. We regret it, because we like the programme, and it is - whether one likes the programme or not - a pity, because it is bound to mean a downgrading of the importance of news on television.

Letter: Remembrance

Sir: It has been salutary in the past few days to juxtapose the solemn remembrance of the dead of two world wars with the tabloid and TV news coverage of the hounding of gay Cabinet ministers and the manufacture of rifts in the Royal Family. If the slain of the Somme were resurrected and sat down in front of a TV news bulletin, would they be entitled to ask: "In God's name, is this what we all died for?"
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