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.
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.
Former editor of The Daily Express Newspaper, prior to which he worked at Manchester Evening News, the Oldham Evening Chronicle, The Mirror and the Daily Star, which he edited till his move to the Daily Express in 2003 and continued to do so until 2011.
Journalist at the Daily Express. Pilditch covered the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal in 2007. His evidence at the Inquiry criticised Portuguese privacy laws, which forbade anyone talking to the media, leading, said Pilditch, to a “fatally flawed investigation”. Pilditch said journalists were under pressure to find new information. The McCanns received £500,000 compensation from the Daily Express over libellous coverage of the story.
Editorial Legal Counsel at News Group Newspapers United ("NGN"), which publishes The Sun and formerly published the News of the World. Was asked several times whether he had been asked to advise any staff on phone hacking. He said that he could not recall having been asked for such advice.
Journalist and picture editor of the Daily Express at the time of the Inquiry, having previously worked for the South London Star and the Evening Standard. Was asked about the use of photographs of Hugh Grant and Kate McCann and about snatched photographs of Charlotte Church.