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									BBC Online September 3, 2009 Wogan slams 'easy' newsreader job Broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan has laid into newsreaders calling them "self important" and labelling the profession "the easiest job in the media". The BBC Radio 2 breakfast show host made the comments in his forthcoming book, Where Was I?! The World According To Terry Wogan. "News reading is not something to get self-important about," he said. The Daily Telegraph September 3, 2009 YouTube music industry video deal is 'a landmark deal' The music industry has applauded the deal struck by the Performing Rights Society for Music with YouTube that will see tens of thousands of music videos return to the site. After six months of negotiations, the two parties have finally come to arrangement which seems to suit all concerned. In March 2009, Googleowned YouTube deleted thousands of music videos from its site, after a breakdown in licensing negotiations with the PRS. However, a new multi-million pound deal has now been reached, which will last until June 2012, and sees YouTube pay the PRS, which is responsible for paying out royalties to composers, publishers and songwriters, a lump sum of money – as opposed to the usual pay-per-view model.

The Daily Telegraph September 3, 2009 BBC shouldn't compete with commercial rivals, says radio boss The BBC should not be trying to compete with commercial rivals, the corporations's radio chief said. Tim Davie, the BBC's director of audio and music, acknowledged that the Corporation had encroached into the commercial sector's territory. Speaking to Radio 4’s The Media Show, he promised to make sure it moved away from its rivals. His comments come after an attack on the BBC by News Corporation’s James Murdoch, who singled out the way Radio 2 had chased younger listeners to the detriment of the rest of the market.

The Daily Telegraph September 3, 2009 Sir Terry Wogan: newsreaders have it easy Newsreaders have "the easiest job in the media", according to broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan. In comments likely to anger some of his BBC colleagues, Sir Terry said the job was "a piece of cake" which amounted to little more than reading out loud. Writing in his forthcoming book, Where Was I?! The World According to Terry Wogan, the Radio 2 presenter referred to an incident in which a male

newsreader refused to work with a co-presenter who was more associated with makeover shows than hard news. Sir Terry said: "Why your man left in such a huff is a mystery. News reading is not something to get self-important or petulant about, it's a piece of cake, the easiest job in the media. The Independent September 3, 2009 Government plans on illegal downloaders 'misconceived' Government plans to suspend the internet accounts of people who illegally download films and music are "misconceived" and "threaten broadband consumers' rights", according to the chief executives of Britain's biggest internet providers. In a letter to The Times, Charles Dunstone of TalkTalk, Ian Livingston of BT and Tom Alexander of Orange UK criticised the proposals on how to reduce illegal filesharing announced last month, which include the possibility of disconnecting accounts. The letter, also signed by Deborah Prince of Which?, Ed Mayo of Consumer Focus and Jim Killock of the Open Rights Group, said innocent consumers would suffer. They said: "Consumers must be presumed to be innocent unless proven guilty. We must avoid an extrajudicial 'kangaroo court' process where evidence is not tested properly and accused broadband users are denied the right to defend themselves against false accusations. The Independent September 3, 2009 YouTube in movie rental negotiations YouTube, Google's online video streaming service, is in talks with Hollywood studios to rent new release movies online, according to people familiar with the talks. The move follows similar deals by Apple's iTunes and others. A final deal would be contingent on pricing and an agreed-upon release date, said the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because discussions were still ongoing. The move takes YouTube one step away from an ad-supported business model, but does not break the mold of other online rental deals already struck by iTunes, and, a unit of Sonic Solutions. The Independent September 3, 2009 Viewers 'hunger for Web and TV at same time' US television viewers are increasingly turning on the Web, tuning into television and not missing a beat on either, as simultaneous TV and Internet use continues to rise, research firm Nielsen said yesterday.

Nielsen said in a report that 57 percent of TV viewers in the US who have Internet access use both mediums at the same time at least once a month. That translates to more than 128 million US consumers. As the heightened importance of the Web changes the way Americans watch TV, industry executives and marketers are considering ways to adjust their broadcast shows and play into viewers' simultaneous use of the Internet. "What we're finding is that there's a connection between the two media, and that innovative marketers can take advantage of that," said Gary Holmes, a spokesman for Nielsen. The Independent September 3, 2009 Alan Davies reveals a 25% BBC pay cut The actor Alan Davies has offered fans an insight into the cost-cutting taking place at the BBC and said he was worried about production standards. "Just had a 25 per cent pay cut on Jonathan Creek," he wrote online. "The BBC are 'driving down talent costs'! And the design budget has been cut by more than half... It does worry me, and absolutely it will affect the show." He added, in a shot at BBC executives: "I'm all for 'driving down' exec costs." BBC presenters including Sir Terry Wogan, Bruce Forsyth, Graham Norton, Chris Moyles, Jeremy Clarkson and Jeremy Paxman were all told in June to expect pay cuts when their contracts were renewed as part of cost-cutting plans. The Guardian September 3, 2009 YouTube and PRS make peace as musicians protest about plans to punish file sharers • Videos return to website after deal with trade body • Musicians protest about plans to punish file sharers Thousands of music videos pulled from YouTube in a royalties dispute will go back online after peace broke out today between the website and the music industry. A new licensing deal with PRS for Music, the trade body that collects music royalties, has brought the six-month dispute to an end. It began when YouTube accused the PRS of proposing exorbitant new payment terms and led to the website fending off criticism from the PRS, which felt it was punishing British music fans by removing videos in the quest for greater profits. Thousands of music videos are now being reinstated after being blocked from the site by YouTube's parent company Google during the licensing wrangle.

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