Two photographers killed in Libya conflict

Chris Hondros (L) and Tim Hetherington Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Photographers Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington were killed in the Libyan conflict

Among my selection of Thursday's media industry stories is the deaths of two photo-journalists in the conflict in Libya.

The BBC reports an award-winning British photographer has been killed while covering the conflict in the Libyan city of Misrata. Tim Hetherington is said to have died in a mortar attack. The 41-year-old, who co-directed the Oscar-nominated documentary Restrepo, about US troops in Afghanistan, was working for Vanity Fair magazine. US photographer Chris Hondros was also killed, and two others, including Briton Guy Martin, were injured.

A High Court judge has issued a gagging order in an attempt to prevent details of a television star's private life being published, even on the internet. The Daily Telegraph calls the order unprecedented. It adds that Mr Justice Eady made the injunction "against the world", not just against national newspapers and broadcasters. His order seeks to prevent the publication of "intimate photographs" of a married public figure after a woman tried to sell them for a "large sum of money".

Stephen Glover argues in the Daily Mail that every day "brings a new lunatic ruling on privacy which curtails not only the media's right to report the misbehaviour of public figures but also the right of ordinary people even to talk about it".

Ofcom will issue new taste and decency guidelines to broadcasters of family entertainment shows, after receiving 2,800 complaints about the X Factor, reports the Daily Telegraph. The regulator says ITV went to "the very margin of acceptability for broadcast" with a "raunchy" performance by the singer Christina Aguilera during last year's X Factor final.

The Independent says Ofcom issued an "unprecedented rebuke" to the Daily Mail for its coverage of dance routines by Rihanna and Christina Aguilera on ITV's X Factor final in December. The regulator said that approximately 2,000 of the 2,868 complaints it received about the show were as a result of the Mail's reports.

Lord Grade, the former chairman of both the BBC and ITV, is joining the Press Complaints Commission. Roy Greenslade says in the Guardian that the PCC's appointment of Michael Grade as a "public member" alongside two senior legal figures signifies a considerable up-grading of press self-regulation.

The BBC's most senior executives increased the amount claimed on expenses by nearly 60% in just three months, reports the Daily Telegraph. Neil Midgley says the BBC's disclosures feature 'some eyebrow-raising claims, including £5,070 for 26 nights at a hotel near the Royal Albert Hall for Roger Wright, the director of the Proms, during the concert season. The BBC explained that "Roger doesn't live in London".

Jemima Kiss blogs in the Guardian that Tesco's move into online video, with the purchase of Blinkbox, shows that video on demand is heading for the mainstream.

Marketing Week reports that News International is to redefine its largely print-based business model, to compete with multiplatform media giants, including Google and ITV, for ad revenues. Chief executive Rebekah Brooks has launched a three year internal review dubbed "Changing the Game", to investigate how it can "invest smarter" in digital and TV.

The newspapers' front pages feature two British casualties from different wars. The Times has the death of Tim Hetherington, a photographer who is the first UK casualty of Libya's civil war. The death of bomb disposal expert Captain Lisa Head - injured while defusing a bomb in Afghanistan - is reported on several front pages, as featured in the BBC's newspapers review.

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