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Papers critical of BBC over Gaza

Sunday papers

Many of Sunday's newspapers criticise the BBC's decision not to broadcast a Gaza charity appeal.

The Independent on Sunday says the corporation seems to think it can avoid the charge of bias if it does nothing.

The Observer also finds fault with the argument that broadcasting the appeal would damage the BBC's impartiality.

But former director general Greg Dyke tells the paper: "It is absolutely essential that the audience cannot see any evidence at all of a bias".

Peer pressure

"Time to clean up the House of Lords" says the Sunday Times, which claims four Labour peers were prepared to accept money to amend legislation.

Two of the four peers named by the paper have told the BBC they have done nothing wrong.

The Mail on Sunday turns its anger on Treasury staff.

The paper is annoyed that on the day Britain was confirmed to be in recession, around 100 civil servants enjoyed a Burns Night office party.

The Times believes that women in particular have little to celebrate because of the recession.

It reports they are losing jobs twice as fast as men - causing alarm in government circles.

Official figures show the number of women in full time work fell by 53,000 in the last quarter, compared with a fall of 36,000 for men.

The paper says women MPs are angry that help seems to be targeted towards male-dominated industries.

Royal split

Prince Harry's split with his girlfriend Chelsy Davy makes several of the front pages.

The Daily Star Sunday says she could not face the strain of his royal life, while the News of the World says Harry is too young to settle down.

There is more relationship speculation on the front of the Sunday Mirror.

It claims Sir Paul McCartney plans to wed once again, this time to his current girlfriend, Nancy Shevell, whose own divorce has come through.

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