The Media in the Press 17.6.10

Edinburgh Napier MA Journalism student, Ganesh Nagarajan, browses through today's papers for media stories…

The BBC's business editor, Robert Peston, is understood to have been interviewed last week for the job of Radio 4 Controller in succession to Mark Damazer, who leaves in September, The Guardian says on page 4. Recruitment for the Radio 4 top job is reported to be at an early stage, with two further rounds of interviews, with the presenter of the station's arts series, Front Row, Mark Lawson, also said to be in the running.

Meanwhile, a government-commissioned review into disparities in public sector pay being led by writer and economist Will Hutton is to be barred from looking at pay levels in the BBC, the Guardian also reports (on page 5). Some of the largest salaries are to be found in the BBC, but the Treasury has ruled they cannot be reviewed since it derives its revenue partly from independent sources, not just the taxpayer.

Workers at Hamas TV channel's office in Syria have staged a sit-in protest against a move by France-based satellite provider Eutelsat to halt its broadcasts to Europe and parts of the Arab world – The Herald says (on page 14). French broadcasting regulator CSA last week ordered it to stop beaming the Hamas channel into Europe by a week on Saturday.

And finally, former BBC Scotland weather presenter, Heather Reid, received honorary degrees yesterday at the University of Glasgow, The Herald reports on page 2. She was honoured for her services promotoing science and technologiy in schools.

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