COMMONS

Media questioned as part of private investigation inquiry

17 April 2012

The Committee takes evidence from representatives of the Sun, the Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph and the BBC about the media's use of private investigators.

Witnesses

At 11am in The Grimond Room, Palace of Westminster

At 11.00am

  • Richard Caseby, Managing Editor, The Sun
  • Philip Johnston, Assistant Editor, Home News, Daily Telegraph
  • Jon Steafel, Deputy Editor, Daily Mail

At 11.45 am

  • David Jordan, Director of Editorial Policy and Standards, BBC

The Committee is keen to understand the use that the media make of private investigators - including the reasons why some newspapers have stopped using investigators - and to get their perspective on the issues surrounding regulation of the private investigation industry.

Committee Chair Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP said:

"The relationship between the media and private investigators has been the subject of intense interest in recent months. This session will give the Committee the opportunity to explore why journalists use private investigators and what they use them for.
It will also help us to understand why some sections of the media have decided not to use private investigators while others continue to do so, and to consider what impact a statutory regulatory regime might have."

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