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.
Media and Marketing Manager for Durham Constabulary at the time of the Inquiry. Suggested that media training should be included in basic officer training and throughout a police officer’s career.
Former journalist and Senior Information Officer for Specialist Operations at Scotland Yard Service at the time of the Inquiry. Was questioned in detail about her contacts with former Assistant Commissioner John Yates and his connections and contacts with News of the World staff. Was asked similar questions about former Assistant Commissioner Andy Hayman and the Metropolitan Police recruitment of a PR firm owned by Neil Wallis, then an executive editor of the News of the World, who was later charged and cleared in the 2011 phone-hacking scandal.
British journalist. Staff news reporter for the Daily Mail since 2010, having previously worked for the Camden New Journal, The Sun and the Daily Express. Answered questions from Leveson on six stories that Fagge had written for the Daily Express concerning the search for Madeleine McCann. He had done four "shifts" of two weeks each in Portugal, he said. He described his work and interviewing and also the process of subsequent editing. "The Madeleine story was on the front page of the Daily Express more than any other newspaper, because [the editor] decided it would sell newspapers. It became an obsession of his," said Fagge.
Journalist and senior news reporter at the Daily Express at the time of giving evidence. The third journalist sent by the Express to Portugal to cover the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, he remained there for a month, under pressure, he said, to find new stories.
Crime reporter with the Carlisle-based News & Star and Cumberland News at the time of the Inquiry. Reported a good working relationship on a daily basis with police. No hospitality beyond coffee was offered or expected. He told the Inquiry that it was right that police should be available to the press and not hidden away because of some bad practices by a few national reporters.
Broadcaster, journalist, writer and television presenter. Marr began his career as a political commentator, subsequently edited The Independent, and at time of giving evidence was working for the BBC. Marr told the Inquiry that rivalry between journalists was inevitable and that forming good contacts with Ministers was necessary and inevitable and that the Inquiry should not be too “fastidious”.
Chief reporter at the Sunday Times, having worked for the newspaper since January 1998. Prior to this, Ungoed-Thomas worked as a general news reporter on the Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail. Described his relationship with the Metropolitan Police on stories such as the 7 July 2005 bombings and a child-trafficking story. His contact involved no hospitality beyond a coffee. He noted increasing trend to channel information through press offices rather than by direct contact.
Group Managing Editor of the Belfast Telegraph at time of Inquiry and until 2014. Journalist and Media Consultant. Connolly's career has covered many aspects of print and digital news-gathering from reporting to senior management. Gave evidence on the ethical standards of the company. Said that private investigators were not used by the Belfast Telegraph or Community Telegraph though small payments had been made by Sunday Life to a private investigating agency.
Bed & Breakfast owner, who claimed an undercover reporter had destroyed her business with defamatory articles about her, her husband and their business in 1998. The two described themselves as "fair-weather naturists" but in a written statement claimed that the News of the World had visited and published exaggerated and false articles about the nature of their hospitality.
Public relations consultant at time of giving evidence and a former editor of The Sun newspaper, which he left in 1998. Higgins had worked for The Sun from 1979 as their West Country reporter and acquired notoriety when he was arrested in 1982 after being found with a Sun photographer "testing security" at Highgrove House, the home of the Prince of Wales. In 1994, he became editor of the paper, quickly winning Scoop of the Year awards for a story about the Queen ordering the then Princess of Wales and the Prince of Wales to divorce.
A former reporter at The People, Jellema was asked to give her side of events in regard to an entrapment set up by Christopher Atkins, as part of a documentary which aimed to demonstrate that newspapers would buy personal stories including medical information. Jellema said that she had had no authority to agree a financial package and would have relied on the judgment of the paper's news desk and in-house legal team.
Joined ITV News in September 2011 and at time of giving evidence was ITN Business Editor. Prior to joining ITV, Kuenssberg was Chief Political Correspondent for BBC News. She returned to the BBC in 2015 as Political Editor. She told the Inquiry that broadcasting regulation meant that there was generally a greater distance between politicians and broadcast journalists than was the case with print media.
Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) since 2008 with particular expertise in public-service broadcasting and media regulation both within the UK and in Europe. Before joining the Institute, he was Controller of Public Policy at the BBC and before that worked as a journalist, including for BBC World Service and BBC News and Current Affairs. Submitted evidence based on two Institute studies on rights to privacy and on News International.
The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism published three reports of relevance to the Leveson Inquiry which can be accessed here:
At the time of the Inquiry, head of the Daily Mail trainee scheme, which was designed, she said, to provide reporters, sub-editors and photographers with training and experience above and beyond what they would have learnt on a post-graduate journalism course. Told the Inquiry that all the trainees were from high-ranking universities, with the majority coming from City, University of London.