The first image does not seem too bad. Yes, you have backlight bleed a long the edges. However, it is the blue bleeding that will probably cause you issues. I have a similar issue with my recently purchased Asus VK246H with regards to the blue bleeding at the bottom, but it is only about 1" long and another is about 1.5" long but less noticeable.
I don't really notice the blue bleed much except when I was testing Fallout 3 on this monitor (I was writing a review). I didn't notice any issues when testing Far Cry 1, and I do not notice it under normal usage (like right now).
It seems the reflective coating is the problem as shown in the second shot. If you change the orientation of the monitor so that it does not reflect the ceiling light then you should notice a difference. It should look more like the upper photo.
Further minimize the bleeding, you can try to decrease both brightness and contrast.
From my experience TN panels tends to have more backlight bleeding than other panel technologies. The 24" Asus VK246H shows the most bleed of my three monitors. However, it is not as bad as yours. My 19" Planar PX191 which uses a S-PVA panel has some bleeding at 3 of the 4 corners, but it is only at the tips/edges so it is not too bad. Lastly, my 26" NEC LCD690WUXi uses a H-IPS panel and it exhibits the least amount of bleeding.