Police attempt to make journalists reveal sources

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Image caption The Met Police are attempting to use the Official Secrets Act to get journalists to reveal sources

This round-up of Monday's main media stories focuses on criticism of the use of the Official Secrets Act to make journalists reveal their sources.

The Guardian says the attorney general, Dominic Grieve, is facing growing pressure to block an attempt by the Metropolitan Police to use the Official Secrets Act to force journalists to reveal their sources. It says senior Liberal Democrats and police sources have "expressed unease" after Scotland Yard applied last week for an order under the 1989 act to require the Guardian to identify its sources on phone hacking.

Other papers and organisations have criticised Scotland Yard's use of the Official Secrets Act to try to force a journalist to reveal their source. The Sunday Times says "It is not too late for the Met to call off its legal dogs before the Old Bailey hearing on Friday." The Guardian quotes Harold Evans, editor at large for Reuters as saying: "It's ironic that Rupert Murdoch's news empire, which has been guilty of the most heinous offences, was exposed by the Guardian… and it's the Guardian that is now attacked."

As Michael Crick begins his role as Channel 4's "face of politics", he tells the Independent that the BBC "lacks the can-do spirit of ITN" and is being hurt by "years and years of cuts". He also says it's a scandal that "important news footage is being discarded by the BBC rather than stored digitally for future journalistic or academic use".

ITV1 drama Downton Abbey, which returned last night, won four prizes at the annual Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, including those for best mini-series and best supporting actress for Dame Maggie Smith. Kate Winslet was named best actress in a mini-series for HBO's Mildred Pierce, reports the BBC.

Lord Patten, chairman of the BBC Trust, has said there are not enough women in on-air roles at the BBC. "We should have more women on radio and television," the former Conservative party chairman said in an interview with The Observer. He singled out Radio 4's Sarah Montague and Martha Kearney as being among the "good ones".

In his first major newspaper interview since becoming chairman of the BBC Trust, Lord Patten also tells the Observer about the 'marvellous television' he has been watching and why BBC staff should stop moaning about moving north.

The Guardian says the BBC has defended its decision not to move EastEnders to the site of the 2012 Olympics, after London mayor Boris Johnson accused the corporation of snobbery for vetoing a move. "Johnson revealed that he had recruited Prime Minister David Cameron to try and rescue the deal after Mark Thompson, the BBC director general, informed him that the move had foundered." The paper says a senior BBC insider blamed technical issues - a 23ft wall around the proposed site would have interfered with sight lines and 30% of filming time would have been lost because of air traffic from City airport, compared with 5% at Elstree.

The owner of the Independent and the Evening Standard, Alexander Lebedev, has punched a fellow guest off his seat during a televised debate, the BBC reports. Mr Lebedev hit former real estate businessman Sergei Polonsky with two right hooks. He has said Mr Polonsky had been aggressive throughout the debate in Moscow.

The papers are uninspired by the Liberal Democrats' conference. The Express says they act like "members of a Leftie students' union" while the Telegraph compares them to a students' debating society, as reported in the BBC papers review.