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(generated from captions) is in fact this man. We can now reveal that the elusive Q Abdul Khayam from Luton. He's the man alleged during the trail in Britain. to be an al-Qaeda facilitator from Wellingborough? And what about the businessman arrested but never charged. Panorama can reveal that he was helping the spooks? Might he also have been the prosecution's star witness But the arrest that produced took place in New York. the Al-Qaeda supergrass. It was Babar, He told the FBI everything the information to the Brits. and they then passed on

Inevitably, there were suspicions an FBI agent all along. that he'd been to give evidence at the Old Bailey Babar was flown in from America amidst massive security. witness protection program. He's now under the FBI's still remains. But the critical question MSK and Tanweer, ever picked up, Why weren't the London bombers, on four occasions? having appeared on the spooks' radar a tragically missed opportunity. The first sighting we believe, was MSK at Toddington, MI5 had photographed and noted where it ended up. tracked the Honda to Yorkshire they checked the car again. Four months later, Its new owner was Sidique Khan. MI5's position has been nor Shehzad Tanweer that neither Mohammad Sidique Khan were under surveillance.

Well, that clearly is not true.

a surveillance operation. It's self-evidently somebody under observation, It's being followed, they're keeping

where they're going, they make a note of

a note of the car itself they're presumable making and the times and who's there. a surveillance operation. All those things amount to that MI5 never informed But Panorama can reveal

West Yorkshire police at the time. put in the picture. Its Special Branch was never of course, it's hindsight, Had that happened, although of 7/7 might have been avoided. it's possible that the tragedy MI5 to have said What would you have expected

Special Branch? to the local West Yorkshire Can you tell us who they are, what their background is? whether they've got form, for a start? Can you tell us their names Special Branch say, And if West Yorkshire we haven't a clue who they are, to say to them? what would you expect MI5

Go find out. the ISC, Intelligence and Security Committee, The government asked Parliament's to investigate the London bombings Services a clean bill of health. and they gave the Intelligence of the spooks following But they made no mention logging the addresses MSK and Tanweer to Leeds,

Special Branch. and never telling West Yorkshire

MSK was not a priority target, The Intelligence Services say that in Operation Crevice that there were 55 suspects to the bomb plot. and only 15 were connected MSK, they say, wasn't one of them. under control, To keep an entire network you'll see how difficult that is. within an investigation, And what it means is that to reassess the priorities, on a daily basis, we have decide who is it look at the targets, to the public. that actually poses a threat 50 terrorist networks at that time. Furthermore, MI5 was looking at up to there are over 200. Today it's believed report does hint Nevertheless, the ISC at what its members might have known. and Special Branches REPORT: The Security Service a combined and coherent way need to come together in

to tackle the home-grown threat. was not done sooner. We are concerned that more

ends here in Luton, The MSK part of the story the leader of the Crevice cell the town where Omar Khayam, first appeared on MI5's radar. Thursday, 7 July 2005, Early in the morning of Tanweer and the two other bombers Mohammad Sidique Khan, Shehzad hour train to London, came to catch the rush their deadly luggage. carrying with them, Closed Captions by CSI

This program is not subtitled many of his colleagues did. Certainly, published in the Murdoch tabloids But today's Galaxy poll are largely unmoved. shows the voters a security risk is on high alert. Good to see the PM's radar for I'm Monica Attard. Hello and welcome to the show, Tatiana Golovin's red knickers At Wimbledon, France's tennis tournament in the world had officials at the most genteel in a spin. Mary Kostakidis And they tripped up the very genteel on SBS TV news as well. And love those red knickers. Great stuff. of the month, guys. Must have been that time Coming up, all the weather details. Mary, Mary! with complaints Bet the switchboard was red hot after that bit of ad-libbing. apparently took quite a few calls The 'Daily Telegraph' in Sydney about this story. been hooked by a hoax email. Reporter Ben Johnson had of course the picture at, The hoaxer might have found the myth-busting website, the unsinkable catfish as true. which lists the story of or anywhere else in Australia. But it didn't happen north of Sydney

three years ago It happened in Kansas

by the 'Wichita Eagle'. and it was reported A few hours after the story basketball-spouting catfish of the Lake Macquarie, ran on The Daily Telegraph online,

back to Kansas - it was changed and relocated

that it all happened in 2004. though with no mention of the fact insisted it happened Even then, the caption stubbornly

in Lake Macquarie. David Penberthy We asked 'Daily Telegraph' editor online paper in the first place. how the dud story came to grace his He told us -

for a fake fish story. True - you won't be arrested But a fake's a fake. the pages of 'The Telegraph' One real story that didn't make was a recent world title fight Anthony Mundine. involving champion boxer Some fight fans might still question Mundine is the real deal. whether footballer-turned-fighter

middleweight title bout But the lead-up to the WBA super Pablo Zamora Nievas against Argentinian got the exposure you'd expect in most papers. But nothing in the 'Daily Telegraph'. It used the full force of its editorial power

to financially punish boxer Anthony Mundine for comments it disapproved of. And the paper wasn't embarrassed to admit it was boycotting Mundine. Sports columnist Rebecca Wilson went on to explain why. But what was Mundine's supposedly racist taunt that so offended the paper?

Well, the 'Telegraph' won't tell us. But let's go back a couple of months to when Anthony Mundine let fly with his feelings about rugby league rep team selections. At the time, the 'Telegraph' led the backlash against those comments. Racial - maybe. But surely the 'Daily Telegraph' isn't saying the comments were racist. Especially when the same paper was prepared to allow this, still on its website, in response to that story. The 'Telegraph' sees no inconsistency between running those, and its boycott of pre-bout coverage of Mundine's fight

in protest at his alleged racism. Even so, no-one at the paper is prepared to admit to making the decision to boycott the boxer. And so the 'Telegraph' only reported on the result of the fight on the basis that that wouldn't boost Mundine's earnings. In typical boxing style, where you have to be the toughest, Mundine says he wouldn't talk to the paper's reporters anyway. But Mundine was more than ready to come out of his corner on the boycott issue. I think they are not writing about me because one, of racism, and one because I'm an Aboriginal Muslim that is successful. I think it's crazy to come out with a statement like that and to be proud of it. I'm the boy they love to hate. I stand up for my people's plight. I stand up for myself, I'm confident, I'm brash, and I'm making millions and they can't do shit about it. They are robbing the public from what they should be doing. And Mundine's Argentinian opponent's manager, says:

The 'Telegraph's sports editor, Phil Rothfield, came out swinging too. There was no answer from 'The Daily Telegraph' on whether it has ever slapped a boycott on any other sporting stars, like these, who were found to have made clearly racist statements.

But we don't think the Murdoch tabloid has. Rupert Murdoch needn't have worried about the Fairfax group when, in the first flurry of media reform manoeuvring last year, he bought a small but significant parcel of shares in the company. Back then, Murdoch indicated it was a friendly purchase to give him a seat at the table in the event of a hostile incursion. But as it turns out, rather than being the hunted, Fairfax became the hunter. More on Fairfax in a moment. Dismembering the cross media rules

and loosening the foreign ownership laws was always bound to shake out the media landscape. But even before the reforms became law this year, the jostling that Communications Minister Helen Coonan said would be minor, was in fact tumultuous. Here's the latest on who owns what in an increasingly confusing series of financial plays. Kerry Stokes takes 16% of the West Australian and sells half of Channel 7 to foreign equity investors KKR. He also takes the Australian titles of Time Inc. James Packer sells 75% of Nine as well as his magazine business and other media assets to the Hong Kong equity group CVC. Rupert Murdoch targets Federal Publishing, picking up magazines like Vogue and a raft of East Coast local newspapers. The Canadian Asper family failed to find a buyer for Channel Ten, so they took advantage of the new laws to take control of the network instead. Billionaire media player Bruce Gordon, owner of WIN TV, has snapped up Channel 9 Adelaide and Perth. Fairfax buys Albury/Wodonga's 'Border Mail' then merges with Rural Press, bolstering its stable with 240 regional and community newspapers across Australia. And now Fairfax announces a deal to shake off the shackles of old world print publishing and pave the way for the group to move into a new age. So what's the deal?

Well, Fairfax and Macquarie Media Group, owned by the Macquarie Bank,

are carving up Southern Cross Broadcasting. As a result, Fairfax Media moves back into the metropolitan radio market that it gave up 20 years ago. It'll take all of Southern Cross's radio interests - 4BC and 4BH in Brisbane, 2UE in Sydney, 3AW and Magic in Melbourne and Perth's 6PR and 96FM. And Fairfax buys Southern Cross's Film and television production arm, Southern Star,

which produces shows like 'Big Brother' and 'Deal or No Deal'. That will give Fairfax the capacity

not only to create online entertainment,

but to inject its online news pages with more video content. Fairfax CEO David Kirk is certainly convinced of the potential. Sure will. Its four major state capital radio stations, more than 200 newspaper titles and dozens of online businesses can work furiously at cross promotion and selling cross media advertising packages. For its part, Macquarie Bank's media arm, MMG, entrenches its position as the dominant force in Australian regional radio. The deal gives MMG a potential audience reach of some 95% of the population outside the State capital cities. The Macquarie Media Group already owns 87 radio stations across the country. Now it will buy from Fairfax, nine commercial radio licences

in South Australia and Queensland. And MMG will pick up Southern Cross's regional television businesses

in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria and Southern Cross Television in northern Australia, Central Australia and Tasmania. Though first, MMG will have to clear a few hurdles. In some regions of Australia, this deal will leave MMG in breach of the media ownership rules. For example, in Bundaberg in Queensland, MMG already owns one radio station, Sea FM. It'll pick up another two from Fairfax when this deal gets the nod, as well as a TV station it's buying from Southern Cross. So MMG will own all three major commercial radio stations, a significant country music station and one TV station. To comply with the law, it'll have to sell just one radio station. But that means Bundaberg will remain almost entirely an MMG city and that concerns National Party MP Paul Neville. Indeed they have. MMG will be in breach of the media laws in other parts of Australia as well. But it's already told the broadcasting authority that it'll sell licences in Emerald, Mt Isa, Charters Towers, Atherton, Roma and Kingaroy in Queensland. Young in New South Wales, Warragul in Victoria, and Devonport, Burnie, Scottsdale and Queenstown in Tasmania. But who'll buy the licences that MMG plans to sell? And will the new owners be a viable independent voice? MMG says - That's just what the local member is worried about. In other words, selling an asset doesn't necessarily mean you don't have influence. There're lots of ways of protecting your patch especially when you get to decide who your next competitor will be.

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Talk to you next week. This program is not subtitled CC

Good evening. Federal police have

been granted more time to question

the Gold Coast doctor being held on

suspicion of terror links. A

magistrate in Brisbane has given the

officers another 48 hours to hold Dr

Mohammed Haneef, an Indian national.

Detectives are investigating whether

there's any evidence of a connection

between Dr Haneef and the doctors

involved in the British bomb plots

involved in the British bomb plots of last week. A Defence inquiry into a

helicopter crash which killed two

people has heard that the pilot was

flying too fast. The Black Hawk

helicopter was trying to land on

helicopter was trying to land on HMAS 'Kanimbla', off Fiji, when it hit

'Kanimbla', off Fiji, when it hit the deck and went over the side. The

pilot, Captain Mark Bingley, and

trooper, Joshua Porter, were killed.

At today's hearing, another pilot,

known only as Captain Eight, said

that she believed the speed of the

approach contributed to the crash.

Australian domestic air travellers

will face tighter security measures

from next month. Every piece of

baggage checked-in will be X-rayed

baggage checked-in will be X-rayed as a security measure. Airport staff

will be looking for explosives,

metals and any suspicious objects.

The additional checks will cost

domestic travellers an extra $1 and

add three minutes to the average

check-in. Tomorrow's national

check-in. Tomorrow's national weather - windy in Brisbane. Early fog in

Melbourne and another wet day in

Sydney. And for more news join

'Lateline' at 10:25. Goodnight.