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.
Westminster-based journalist since 1982, Political Editor and columnist for The Independent and former Political Editor of The Sunday Times. He told the Inquiry he recognised that self-regulation had not worked but feared under the more restrictive regime sought by some politicians, important disclosures about politicians and the press themselves might not be made. He was also concerned that statutory regulation could not keep pace with new media technologies.
Editor-in-chief of the Manchester Evening News and Trinity Mirror Huddersfield at time of giving evidence. Was questioned on the Lord Black proposals for self-regulation based on contractual obligations. Decisions on this would not be his responsibility, he said. The decision would be taken by Trinity Mirror's senior management. Gave his view that the relationship with the Press Complaints Commission had worked well for the regional press.