The investigative journalist, whose confrontational style meant him getting attacked by many of his targets, has decided to pull out because ITV's half-hour shows are not long enough to fit in a full story and because he is fed up with being bashed around. Cook was on a stakeout yesterday, but his agent said: "Roger has really taken a battering over the last 10 years."
Steve Clark, Carlton Television controller of programmes, said: "He has been doing this job for 25 years now. In that time there is not one part of his body that hasn't been injured."
- Paul McCann