English was already the lingua franca of science, business and academia. Now English appears to be fast emerging as the media language of choice. Al Jazeera is preparing to debut a 24-hour news channel in English. A TV station in Russia also started English broadcasting this month (but got hacked down).
Recently, an ex-FIFA sports official praised the French newspaper, L'Equipe, for some of it's hard-hitting doping coverage, including revelations about Lance Armstrong. But, he added, they just don't get the same notice because their reporting is in French.
His implication: If news is not in English, it didn't happen.
Have you seen any examples of growing use of English in media or backlash against it?
Disclosure: This question is asked in preparation for writing a story for the IHT, so I may get back to you for follow-up.