BBC Salford move defended

BBC North at MediaCityUK Image copyright (C) British Broadcasting Corporation
Image caption The BBC will move five London-based divisions to BBC North during 2011

Among today's main media stories is a defence of the BBC's much-criticised move to Salford.

The shadow culture secretary, Ivan Lewis, will tell opponents of the BBC's decision to relocate parts of its output to Salford that they are living in the dark ages and should drop their "outdated prejudices" against the north of England, reports the Guardian.

It says that in a direct challenge to BBC stars such as presenter Chris Hollins, who have criticised the move, Lewis will today say the BBC will be strengthened by employing a "more diverse talent pool" and viewing events not solely through a "London-centric prism". Detractors, he said, should stop seeing Britain as "London plus the rest".

Veteran Panorama reporter Tom Mangold says "BBC arrogance turned Panorama's mistake over its Primark film into a catastrophe". Writing in the Independent, he says the use of unreliable footage was bad enough but the subsequent spin was even worse. "It is only now, three years after the programme was broadcast, that the BBC Trust has forced Panorama to admit the error of its ways. In the meantime, the BBC's arrogant refusal to admit it was wrong has resulted in an editorial catastrophe not only for Panorama, the flagship, but for all the corporation's journalism."

Cost-cutting BBC chiefs are considering axing Formula One motor racing rather than shut down one of its digital channels, says the Daily Mail. The BBC paid £300 million to screen F1 in a five-year deal which runs until 2013. At almost £3 million a race, it costs more each hour than the most expensive dramas like the lavish Cranford and Dr Who.

The yearly cost is more than the entire budget for BBC4. A BBC spokesman said: 'We are not going to get drawn into a running commentary - no decisions have been taken and therefore these claims remain speculation."

The letters "com" forming the end of web addresses are so familiar they've become part of our language, but companies could soon be able to replace them with their brand name in a shake-up in the way the web is organised, reports the Independent.

Sites ending with brand names such as .apple, .coke or .lego could become commonplace from next year in the biggest overhaul of the way web addresses are awarded since the first .com site was registered 26 years ago.

Dan Sabbagh says in the Guardian proprietors are taking over the biggest media companies in the UK and the company model (such as Trinity Mirror's) has fallen to pieces as families such as the Barclays and the Lebedevs take over.

Shareholders in Trinity Mirror want the company's chief executive, Sly Bailey, to cut her pay in half, says Roy Greenslade in the Guardian. They believe the cut would reflect the fall in the publisher's share price, which has resulted in the company's market value halving over the past 12 months.

The debt crisis affecting Greece provides a focus for many front pages. The Daily Telegraph leads with a call by London mayor Boris Johnson, for Britain to refuse to contribute to a second bail-out, as reported in the BBC's papers review.