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.
Formed in 1980, the Organisation of News Ombudsmen is a not-for-profit corporation with an international membership of active and associate members. It maintains contact with news ombudsmen worldwide and organises annual conferences. Stephen Pritchard, Readers' Editor of the Observer newspaper at the time of the Inquiry, gave evidence. He put the case for newspapers appointing readers' editors to act as a fast first-tier form of regulation, with a Press Complaints body acting as a second.