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Monday, 18 July 2011

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Media reporting staff at the BBC are up in arms over the corporation's coverage of the News International crisis.

For years, listeners to Radio 4's Today programme and viewers of TV news bulletins have been accustomed to listening to media correspondent Torin Douglas reporting and commenting on developments in the Press and broadcasting.

But since the financial affairs of News Corporation became a part of the News International story following the closure of the News of the World in the hacking scandal, Torin has been sidelined as business editor Robert Peston has taken over.

"Torin's bloody furious and his colleagues are up in arms about this," said a BBC insider.

"As far as they're concerned this is a media story and the business side of it is just a side issue.

"And don't forget it was Robert Peston who caused the credit crunch and the subsequent world-wide depression by constantly going on the telly and saying it was going to happen.

"Torin's sent one of his mates round to the business department to offer Peston out in the car park. Should be a good scrap."

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