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As he leaves the BBC after 24 years as its media correspondent, Torin Douglas reflects on the changes he has reported on: "In those days, Britain had just four main TV channels. The internet and mobile phones were in their infancy. There was no 24-hour television news. No Google, YouTube, Facebook or Twitter. Interaction with the audience was via the phone-in and letters pages."

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"Search engines such as Google should do more to restrict access to online pornography, a government adviser on child internet safety has said" reports BBC News. It says "John Carr told BBC Radio 5 live there was 'no question' that some men who look at child sex abuse images go on to carry out abuse. It comes after a court heard April Jones's murderer Mark Bridger searched for child abuse and rape images. Campaigners backed the call as Google said it was committed to ending access to illegal internet sites."

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"Google and Microsoft last night faced demands to act over the shocking ease with which child killer Mark Bridger used the internet to fuel his perversion" reports the Daily Mail on its front page. It says "It follows the revelation that Stuart Hazell, the man convicted earlier this month of killing 12-year-old Tia Sharp, regularly downloaded child abuse images. Children’s charities and online protection experts are now calling for search sites to crack down on the way paedophiles can feed their fantasies with simple online searches."

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"Twenty BBC employees have faced 36 allegations of sexually abusing children and teenage victims since the Jimmy Savile scandal rocked the corporation last year", reports the Guardian. It says: "The complaints about an unknown number of victims under the age of 18 have come to light in the six months since October, according to a Freedom of Information request to the BBC. The complaints were among a total of 152 recent and historic allegations of sexual abuse against 81 BBC employees and freelancers, including 48 about Savile."

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"All six main stages at next month’s Glastonbury pop festival will be streamed live this year for the first time" reports the Evening Standard. "Promising that the festival will be 'the most digital ever,' the BBC said presenters including Glastonbury first-timer Chris Evans and veterans Steve Lamaacq, Jo Whiley and Mark Radcliffe will host three days of performances. More than 250 hours of live coverage and streaming will be available across TV, radio and online."

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"The BBC has been accused of acting like the "thug at the end of the street" in its dealings with local and regional newspapers" reports the Guardian. It says "Regional newspaper executives criticised the BBC at a Westminster Media Forum event on local media, with gripes including allegations that the corporation's journalists fail to credit local press stories that they follow up."

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Many papers print photographs of Mark Bridger being led away from Mold Crown Court to begin a whole-life prison term for murdering five-year-old April Jones. Once again, says the Daily Mail, we are confronted with a sickening child murder in which the guilty man had obtained child abuse images on the net. The Guardian draws links with Stuart Hazell, the killer of 12-year-old Tia Sharp, as reported in the BBC papers review.

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"The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in June 1953 turned television into the mass medium that shaped our lives" reports BBC News. "It was the first event to rattle radio's cage - said to have been watched by more people on television than heard it on 'the wireless'. In the UK, nearly eight million people tuned in at home, while 10 million crowded into other people's houses to watch. There were a further 1.5 million viewers in cinemas, halls and pubs. The number of TV licences shot up from 763,000 in 1951 to 3.2 million in 1954. Many see the coronation as UK television's tipping point."

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"The Sun's Whitehall editor, Clodagh Hartley, has appeared in court accused of conspiring to pay £17,475 to a public official for government leaks, including details about David Cameron's deficit reduction plans" reports the Guardian. It says "Hartley appeared at Westminster magistrates' court in London on Wednesday morning alongside her two co-accused, HMRC press officer Jonathan Hall and his wife Marta Bukarewicz."

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"Liz Mackean, one of the two journalists behind Newsnight's axed Jimmy Savile report, has been commissioned by Channel 4's Dispatches current affairs documentary strand for a new high-profile investigation, her first since leaving the BBC" reports the Guardian. It says the film is being made by independent producer Blakeway and details remain under wraps. "Dispatches editor Daniel Pearl, a former deputy editor of Newsnight, knows Mackean from his time at the BBC."

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