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.
A journalist and broadcaster, Diamond was, at the time of the Inquiry, a regular columnist at the Daily Mail and co-host of Good Morning Britain. Diamond gave evidence of invasive scrutiny by the press of her private life, including stories which were the subject of libel actions against national newspapers – in particular, The Sun. Diamond gave evidence of being hounded by paparazzi and invasive reporting of private grief when she suffered the bereavement of a child.
Michael Grade was chairman of the BBC from 2004 to 2006, and executive chairman of ITV plc from 2007 to 2009. In 2011, he was made a Conservative Party life peer in the House of Lords and in same year was appointed to the PCC. Gave evidence expressing opposition to statutory regulation, believing that the PCC worked well in some respects.
A consultant cardiologist from Leicestershire whose daughter Madeleine, aged three, disappeared during a family holiday in Portugal in May 2007. Dr McCann, his wife Kate and their holiday companions were the subject of multiple libels in national newspapers, for some of which they sued and received damages.
A Leicestershire doctor whose daughter Madeleine, aged three, disappeared during a family holiday in Portugal in May 2007. Dr McCann, her husband Gerry and their holiday companions were the subject of multiple libels in national newspapers, for some of which they sued and received damages.
Chief Executive Officer of ITN at time of Inquiry. Asked to provide comprehensive details of corporate governance and editorial practice at ITN.
Business editor of the BBC at time of giving evidence. Told the Inquiry that he set himself high standards of ethical journalism. He would always multi-source a story and he had never disclosed the identity of a source, he said. The primary responsibility for ensuring decent journalistic practice lay with the managements of media organisations, he thought. Peston also founded the education charity Speakers for Schools in 2011. He left the BBC in 2015 to become Political Editor of ITV News and host of the weekly political discussion show Peston on Sunday.
Founded 1955. Independent Television News is a London-based news and content provider. Produces content for ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, UK mobile-phone operators, online outlets such as YouTube, MSN, Telegraph Media Group and Yahoo!. John Hardie, CEO at the time of the Inquiry, gave evidence on news policies, ethics and regulation.