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.
Picture editor of the Mail on Sunday at the time of Inquiry, having previously worked on Today and the News of the World. Described procedures and code of practice followed by the picture desk. Outlined the picture sources used and said she personally reviewed most of the 20,000 pictures that came in each day. Stated that she had never sought intrusive snatched pictures of Charlotte Church and that the MoS had not commissioned pictures of Kate McCann.
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.
Irish Secretary of the National Union of Journalists with overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of union activities, organisation and financial affairs in Ireland North and South at the time of giving evidence. He was also a member of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) Executive Council and of the Press Council of Ireland's finance and administrative committee. Offered the Inquiry a brief history of recent legal debates on the press in Ireland including proposals for a draconian privacy bill. Told the Inquiry that the UK obsession with editors was not mirrored in Ireland.
Established in 2008 to consider complaints about newspapers (print and online), magazines and online-only news publications and to publicly promote press freedom in Ireland and the right to freedom of expression. The Chairman of the Irish Press Council outlined how an Office of Press Ombudsman might work with a Press Complaints Commission.
Independent regulator for the print and digital media in Ireland, aiming to provide the public with a quick, fair and free method of resolving complaints in relation to member publications of the Press Council of Ireland. John Horgan, Ombudsman at the time of the Inquiry, gave evidence.
The Manchester Evening News is a regional daily newspaper covering Greater Manchester; following its sale by Guardian Media Group in early 2010, it became owned by Trinity Mirror plc. Editor Maria McGeoghan gave evidence that the paper worked to the Trinity Mirror Code of Business Conduct. She gave examples of how that worked in practice and cited examples where the paper had held off publishing information on grounds of privacy.
Founded 1990. The Press Complaints Commission (PCC) was a voluntary regulatory body for British printed newspapers and magazines, made up of representatives of the major publishers. The PCC closed in 2014, and was replaced by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), chaired by Sir Alan Moses.
LA-based entertainment news and photography agency, founded 1990, providing candid celebrity photography and video content to worldwide entertainment print, online and broadcast media outlets. Gary Morgan, Senior Vice President of Splash News and Picture Agency at the time, gave evidence on quality assurance measures in place at the agency.