Submitted in response to written requests from the Inquiry, usually providing lists of questions to be answered. In most cases these formed the basis of questioning in public sessions, but in some cases they were read into the record (or taken as read) and the witness did not appear in person.
Given by witnesses invited by the Inquiry, normally after they have made written statements. These sessions could be viewed live online and sometimes on television news services, and the video recordings are part of the archive. The statements were usually released to the public after the public sessions.
Chairman of Telegraph Media Group, a subsidiary of Press Holdings and responsible for The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph. He told the Inquiry he believed in “self-regulation”.
Editor of The Daily Telegraph at the time of the Inquiry. He joined the Daily Mail as a reporter in 1990, rising to Assistant Editor in 2006, before moving to The Daily Telegraph as Head of News in the same year. Testified that having met with then Prime Minister David Cameron three times in 2011, and with then Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband on a similar number of occasions, that did not give him "influence" over politicians. Told the Inquiry that the Press Complaints Commission was not fit for purpose without an "investigative arm". He was appointed editor-in-chief of The Sun in September 2015.
Born 1960. British author, journalist and broadcaster. He is the associate editor of The Spectator and former chief political commentator of The Daily Telegraph, from which he resigned in early 2015. He writes a political column for the Daily Mail and Middle East Eye and won the Press Awards Columnist of the Year in 2012 and again in 2016.
Gave evidence as Crime Editor of The Times, having joined the publication in 2004 from the Daily Telegraph. He had always found the Metropolitan Police to be a difficult organisation to deal with, he said, as its instinct was to be closed, defensive and secretive. Gave details of meetings with various ranks and the very limited extent to which he offered or received hospitality. Described occasional invitations to "dawn raid" procedures but told the Inquiry that he had found the Metropolitan Police "immensely secretive".
Journalist since 1989 and Deputy Editor and chief political commentator of The Daily Telegraph at the time of the Inquiry. Six months after resigning his posts at The Telegraph in June 2014, Brogan was appointed group director of public affairs at Lloyds Banking Group. His evidence to the Inquiry centred on professional and ethical standards. He opposed regulation and believed internal scrutiny and “the most experienced journalists in Britain” were sufficient to guarantee “accuracy, fairness, balance and legality”.
Journalist, theatre critic and political sketch-writer at the time of giving evidence, writing for The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and The Oldie, and previously for The Times. Told the Inquiry that he had not intended to give evidence since he had been commenting daily on proceedings. However, he offered his thoughts on the difference between "gallery reporters" and "the Lobby" and expressed his opinion that in journalism there was a perfectly ethical place for sketch-writing, despite its bias and subjectivity.
British journalist and editor of The Sunday Telegraph at the time of the Inquiry. He said he believed his paper was run according to high ethical standards. He was a firm believer in self-regulation but thought that a contract system as outlined by Lord Black could be a free and fair way forward.
British journalist, broadcaster and former editor of The Sunday Times, 1983-94. Presenter of live political programmes including BBC’s This Week and Daily Politics. Former editor-in-chief and chairman of the Press Holdings group. Neil offered the Inquiry his views on the lobby system and the necessarily partisan nature of the UK Press as exemplified by the relationship between Rupert Murdoch and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Proprietor of The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph and a subsidiary of Press Holdings, acquired in July 2004 by David and Frederick Barclay after months of intense bidding and lawsuits from Hollinger Inc., the group controlled by Canadian-born British businessman Conrad Black. See also Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, Aidan Barclay, Benedict Brogan, Tony Gallagher.