Debate surrounds 'celebrity privacy and gagging orders'
This round-up of today's main media stories includes reports on developments in the debate over privacy and gagging orders.
A leading actor who obtained a privacy injunction after allegedly cheating on his wife with a prostitute has had to block internet communications from members of the public who have guessed his identity, reports the Daily Telegraph. It says the actor is one of more than 30 wealthy or famous people who have successfully used the courts to keep damaging details of their private lives secret in the past two years.
Do you know the name of the married "world-famous" actor who has obtained the injunction, asks Philip Johnston, also in the Daily Telegraph. He says footballers and celebrities who run to the courts to protect their anonymity are undermining one of our basic liberties.
Time.com in the United States reports that the T-mobile royal wedding commercial has gone viral. It says the advertisement involves some "totally passable royal lookalikes, as well as a fake archbishop and a few lowly commoners, jigging down the aisle to the stylings of 'House of Love' by English pop group East 17". It's had over 5 million views on YouTube so far.
The Daily Mail says the T-mobile advert, called Wedding Dance, was filmed at St Bartholomew's Church in London - which featured in Four Weddings and a Funeral. The web story carries pictures and a link to the commercial.
Eight five authors including Iain M Banks and Michael Moorcock have written to the BBC criticising the "sneering tone" of World Book Night programmes towards commercial fiction, reports the Guardian. They say the BBC's TV programming last month was "deeply counterproductive to the night's aims of actually encouraging people to read novels".
A whistleblower who helped a weekly newspaper expose the overcharging of vulnerable adults by a council has been offered his job back after a campaign by the title, reports holdthefrontpage.co.uk. It says Martin Morton, a manager in adult social services at Wirral Borough Council, raised concerns with his managers, but was paid to leave and told to keep quiet. Instead he contacted the Wirral Globe.
The Wirral Globe's own story about the whistleblower says the leader of Wirral Council "has made an unprecedented apology".
"He also promised swift disciplinary action against those responsible for bullying a social worker out of his job - and has even offered him his position back. A clearly furious Cllr Jeff Green writes on his blog: 'I want the people responsible for this shameful, disgraceful episode in Wirral's history to be disciplined'."
Gillian Reynolds in the Daily Telegraph was unimpressed by the grafting of Gardeners' Question Time onto The Archers last night:
"I was fed up with such a blatant example of BBC product placement long before last night."
The pros and cons of changing the voting system for Westminster elections continue to preoccupy the papers, as featured in the BBC newspapers review - with links to front pages.