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I do keep in quite close touch with my postgraduate students and know where they are, and we have had students go to the Mail training scheme and I feel fairly sure that if they felt that they were under pressure, that they would actually come back to me even after they'd left. So they are quite protective both of the learning environment and of the environment they're going into, but I have to say I'm always -- I remain worried about them, but I think that they've -- you know, the ones who have gone to the Mail have seemed to have -- they've been fine.

I think we would all agree that good -- one of the things about the tabloids in particular is that they're really funny a lot of the time. That's why people read them. I don't think any of us would want to lose that. I mean, they have a role to play. I just happen to think that it's possible to be funny without being at the same time vicious, and I think a lot of what happens in the tabloids is vicious. I don't think we want everything to be the same as the Guardian, the Independent, the Telegraph and the Times. I think that would be really quite sad. But I do think we have to recognise that the culture in the newsrooms that are providing and producing those -- that light-hearted approach to the daily news is quite different.

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