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News Headlines Friday August 8th 2003
BBC GOVERNORS DAMAGED, SAYS RIVAL'S BOSS
The deputy chairman of Channel 4 has called for the scrapping of the BBC governors following their handling of the Iraq dossier affair.
Barry Cox described their handling of the investigation into Andrew Gilligan's BBC Radio 4 Today report as "the action of champions rather than regulators".
He also said that the BBC was seriously damaged by the affair because of the speed with which they backed Gilligan.
Cox, an influential figure in New Labour circles, called on the Government to strip the governors of their regulatory powers and given instead to the new media and communications regulator, Ofcom.
ITN POISED FOR LONDON NEWS TAKEOVER
ITN has made a third bid for the London News Network (LNN), which supplies news to Carlton London and LWT.
Trade unions are urging urgent talks in order to prevent job losses if the takeover goes ahead.
The National Union of Journalists fears that the staff could be forced to move from LNN's current South Bank base to ITN's Gray's Inn Road operation and that the regional identity of news could be lost.
STATE-RUN NEWSPAPERS SET FOR MAJOR OVERHAUL
China's state print media is in for a major shake-up that could see many folding or merged under the latest round of sweeping media reforms.
Some newspapers would be closed down, annexed or transferred to other newspaper groups, while others would become free circulars.
END CRACKDOWN ON INDEPENDENT MEDIA, SAYS RIGHTS GROUP
A human rights group has called on the Sudanese government to halt its crackdown on independent newspapers.
The International Freedom of Expression Exchange has called the move "a chilling effect on the country's entire news business". The exchange reports that last month the government confiscated a day's entire print run of the newspaper As Sahafa and jailed reporter Youssef Al Bashir Musa. Earlier that month a Sudanese court revoked the Khartoum Monitor's publishing licence, effectively closing the country's largest English-language newspaper.