Ian Burrell: No theatrics, just some careful stage management
Ian Burrell is Assistant Editor and Media Editor at The Independent, i paper and Independent on Sunday. He covers news from the whole media sector from television, press, radio and advertising to technology. His weekly column on the media appears every Monday in The Independent and i paper. He also writes on media, music and culture, including long-form pieces for The Independent’s Saturday magazine and the Independent on Sunday’s magazine, New Review. He is a regular presenter of BBC Radio 4’s What The Papers Say and a specialist commentator to Monocle 24 radio. He has contributed to most major broadcast outlets including BBC television and radio, CNN, Sky News, Al Jazeera and LBC. He has also written on media for GQ magazine. Ian has been reporting on the media industry for The Independent for more than a decade. Previously he was the newspaper’s Home Affairs Editor. He worked at The Sunday Times for five years, including as a member of the investigative Insight team, covering stories on political funding, industrial espionage and the arms industry. Previously he worked in ITV for London Weekend Television, on a weekly current affairs programme presented by Danny Baker. Ian trained at the Birmingham Post & Mail and was Regional Reporter of the Year in Press Gazette’s national awards.
Tuesday 10 January 2012
We may have expected theatre, but Dominic Mohan had no intention of providing any. At the Leveson Inquiry, the editor of The Sun cut an understated figure in a funereal dark suit and tie, as if in respect for the News of the World, the sister paper killed off in a press scandal that still threatens to infect his own title.
Mohan prefers to operate in the shadows. This was a rare appearance on camera, and he showed deference to Lord Justice Leveson while demonstrating that he prefers the newsroom to the political stage.
For rivals who see Britain's biggest, brashest daily paper as having shaped Britain's bullying tabloid culture, this was an important day in the inquiry into media standards and Mohan's spell in the witness box must have been a frustrating sight.
Though News International has been resisting attempts to link its precious Sun brand to hacking, two of the paper's journalists have been arrested in Scotland Yard's investigation into related matters.
Reporter Jamie Pyatt was questioned over alleged illicit payments to police. Last week, Cheryl Carter, a beauty editor for The Sun and long-standing PA to Mohan's predecessor, Rebekah Brooks, was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice. Yet Mohan was rarely put on the spot – even to answer questions about The Sun's monstering of Chris Jefferies, which resulted in the paper being found in contempt of court. In reality, the editor is no grey figure but a former showbiz writer.
Having denied using private detectives to help on stories, he then added: "I've used search agents in the past, but I wouldn't describe them as private detectives."
He was remorseful over stories about Charlotte Church's pregnancy and a front page article on a 12-year-old having a sex change (which led to a page six apology) and claimed a rebuke from the Press Complaints Commission was the source of "great shame". In between, he was able to stress the campaigning role of The Sun and plead for websites to be subject to the same regulations as newspapers. Wapping would have been pleased. No theatre then, just careful stage management.
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