Planet Media: This week's media news at a glance

BSkyB, BBC, NTL, ITV, Virgin Radio, Scottish Media Group, Trinity Mirror, Ofcom, BT, Yahoo, Reuters

BSkyB chief executive James Murdoch accused the BBC of "megalomania" at Ofcom's first international conference last week. He called for an end to the "cosy world of UK broadcasting", where "arguing in favour of the free market still causes raised eyebrows" - The Daily Telegraph, 1 December

Sky charges too much for its content, says NTL chief executive Stephen Burch. The complaint could form part of NTL's planned submission to the OFT concerning Sky's seizure of a 17.9% stake in ITV - The Times, 1 December

Simon Shaps, ITV's director of television, has pledged to stop the rot at ITV1 within a year. He also said he was not expecting an immediate boost to his programming budget as a consequence of the suspension of ITV's share buyback - The Daily Telegraph, 1 December

Fru Hazlitt, chief executive of Virgin Radio, has withdrawn from the running for the chief executive role at Scottish Media Group, according to people familiar with the situation. SMG has been without a head since Andrew Flanagan left earlier this year - Financial Times, 4 December

SMG's shareholders are said to be angry at the lack of communication from the company over recent merger approaches from UTV. Both media groups have refused to comment on the approach - The Times, 1 December

Press Gazette, the media industry title bought by Piers Morgan and Matthew Freud that went into liquidation last month, might have had a last-minute reprieve in the form of a new buyer. Tony Loynes, who ran the magazine for nine years until 1995, is in talks with the administrator - Independent on Sunday, 3 December

Trinity Mirror could be split into two separately quoted companies after a four-month review of the business by investment bank NM Rothschild. One entity would house the group's national newspapers, including the Daily Mirror, while the other would house its 240 regional titles - Mail on Sunday, 3 December

BT Vision, the broadband television service launched yesterday by BT, will aggressively price on-demand pay-per-view films to compete with rivals such as Sky and NTL. BT is expected to price downloadable films at £3 or less, while consumers currently pay about £3.50 to £4.24 with other providers - Financial Times, December 4

Ofcom, the communications regulator, is considering a proposal that BT should make broadband available to every home in Britain. Ed Richards, the new chief executive, said that once three-quarters of UK homes have taken up broadband, it ought to be considered a necessity that had to be made available to all - The Times, 1 December

Yahoo! and Reuters have launched a joint venture, You Witness, which will select user-generated photos and videos to send to media clients to use on their websites. Reuters is considering paying for the content - Financial Times, 4 December.

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