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Paxman cometh

LONDON — Leading BBC political inquisitor Jeremy Paxman, presenter of nightly current affairs show "Newsnight," will deliver the 2007 MacTaggart lecture, kicking off this year's Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, it was announced Monday. Paxman is expected to deliver his views on media, politics and the role of the media in the political debate. Viewed as perhaps the foremost political interviewer in the U.K., Paxman has spent more than 20 years as a BBC reporter.

Back to Locarno

MILAN — The Locarno International Film Festival on Monday announced the creation of Back in Locarno, an initiative that will give directors who got their starts at the 60-year-old event a chance to come back and host a retrospective based on their original film. Directors making the trip to the lakeside Swiss village this year will include former festival prize winners Marco Bellocchio ("I Pugni in Tasca"), Istvan Szabo ("Almodozasok Kora"), Raoul Ruiz ("Tres Tristes Tigres") and Marco Tullio Giordana ("Maledetti vi Amero").

Poland caves

BRUSSELS — Poland has caved to pressure from the European Commission and agreed not to impose any bureaucratic regulation on its emerging broadband market. This comes four months after the EC first told the Polish regulator, Urzad Regulacji Elektronicznej (UKE), that it was breaking EU law with its attempt to clamp down on former state-owned telecoms provider Telekomunikacja Polska. UKE wanted to rule on the retail prices, promotions and terms of conditions set by the company, but the commission said this went beyond its regulatory remit.