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.
Writer and editor of UK edition of the worldwide celebrity gossip magazine, OK!. Gave evidence along with Hello! and Heat editors. She told the Inquiry that OK! was a celebrity-friendly magazine and that it was therefore in its own interests to treat celebrities with respect.
British journalist and co-founder of pop-culture publication, Popbitch. Despite describing the website and weekly newsletter as “tongue in cheek”, Popbitch found itself issuing a number of public apologies and paying damages to actor Max Beesley in 2008.
Heat is an entertainment magazine published by Bauer Media Group. Lucie Cave, editor at the time of the Inquiry, gave evidence concerning public-benefit issues that could arise from its mix of celebrity news, gossip, beauty advice and fashion. Lord Leveson joked that Heat was not his normal journal.
Weekly UK-based celebrity and pop music newsletter and associated website dating from early 2000s. Much of the material for the newsletter comes from the Popbitch message boards frequented by music industry insiders, gossips and the casually interested. Owned and run by journalists Neil Stevenson and Camilla Wright, the publication was sued by the actor Max Beesley in March 2008 over an allegation about his personal life.