Letter: World in Action editor

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The Independent Online
FOLLOWING your report "World in Action editor steps down" (5 March) I would like to make it clear that Steve Boulton's change of role had nothing to do with the recent court settlement in favour of Marks & Spencer. Steve Boulton was on holiday when the programme was transmitted and in his absence full responsibility for clearing it for transmission was taken by another executive on legal advice. It had been decided some time ago that the programme would require a fresh eye and a new Editor.

In four years as Editor of World in Action, one of the toughest jobs in television, Steve Boulton led the team with courage and distinction. He is currently considering an offer of promotion within Factual Programmes at Granada.

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