Tony Blair 'godfather to Rupert Murdoch's daughter'

Tony Blair, Rupert Murdoch Image copyright PA
Image caption Wendi Deng says Tony Blair went to the Murdoch children's baptism on the banks of the Jordan

This round-up of Monday's main media stories reports on a new twist in the relationship between Tony Blair and Rupert Murdoch.

Tony Blair is godfather to one of Rupert Murdoch's young children, it is alleged in an interview with the media tycoon's wife Wendi.

The Daily Telegraph reports: "The former prime minister was reportedly present in March last year when Murdoch's two daughters by his third wife were baptised on the banks of the Jordan. The information was not made public and its disclosure in an interview with Mrs Murdoch in Vogue will prove highly embarrassing for Mr Blair."

In an interview with the Guardian, the shadow culture secretary, Ivan Lewis, says Labour grew too close to Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation.

The paper says Mr Lewis will announce this week that the party is to sign up Patrick McKenna - a multi-millionaire and former accountant to Andrew Lloyd Webber - to help it develop tax policy to stimulate growth in media, music, fashion and other creative industries.

The BBC director-general, Mark Thompson, tried to reintroduce bonuses for senior managers but the plan was overruled by Lord Patten, the chairman of the BBC Trust, reports the Daily Telegraph. Patrick Foster writes: "Under the proposals... senior managers would have been able to earn an extra 10 per cent on top of their salaries by beating performance targets."

He quotes a draft of the BBC's pay strategy, released under freedom of information law, and says John Whittingdale, chairman of the Commons culture, media and sport committee, welcomed Lord Patten's intervention.

Jonathan Ross "drew a respectable 4.3m viewers for the debut of his new ITV1 chat show", reports BBC News, quoting overnight viewing figures. But critics were lukewarm, saying ITV had made few changes to Ross's BBC format.

The final episode of Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on BBC One was watched by 4.6m viewers in July 2010 - much higher than the series' average of 3.1 million.

The discovery of a huge cache of secret documents in an abandoned building in Tripoli, Libya, is widely covered in the newspapers, as reported in the BBC's newspaper review.