David Cameron intervenes to stop in his local BBC cuts
This round-up of today's main media stories includes reports that the Prime Minister David Cameron's BBC local news service has been saved from closure.
The Guardian says David Cameron has intervened over the BBC plan to axe his Oxfordshire constituency's local news service as part of the latest round of cost-cutting. It says BBC director general Mark Thompson, who also lives in Oxfordshire, received a letter indicating Cameron's displeasure. The paper says BBC insiders confirmed that three regional opt-outs in Cambridge, Oxford and the Channel Islands will not be axed but said the BBC had decided not to proceed before Cameron wrote to Thompson.
The BBC's political editor for the South of England, Peter Henley, says the news that BBC Oxford's local news service was being saved was broken by the Prime Minister in an interview on WitneyTV, an ultra-local service covering his own constituency.
Football pundit Andy Gray has accepted £20,000 in damages from the News of the World over phone hacking, reports BBC News. The former Everton striker reached an agreement with News Group Newspapers (NGN) for compensation plus undisclosed costs for voicemail interceptions. Actress Sienna Miller has already received £100,000 in damages.
BBC1 fell behind ITV1 as the mainstream UK channel with the least amount of new factual coverage of developing countries in 2010, according to a report quoted in the Guardian. The International Broadcasting Trust and University of East Anglia report also found that UK broadcasters offered too narrow a range of international stories in 2010 and failed to prepare audiences for the "Arab Spring" uprisings of early 2011. It says that in 2010, BBC1 broadcast almost half the number of hours that ITV1 did - 16.7, compared with ITV1's 29.7 hours.
The prime minister's frustration with senior military figures and their warnings about overstretched resources makes the front of the Daily Telegraph, as reported in the BBC's newspapers review.