The transcripts of the official inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. More…

We have, in my view, a rather complex and a very thorough accounts system, which lists payments and analyses them under all sorts of headings. The payments to journalists -- this is probably slightly unusual for editors, but when I first became editor we had difficulties with our editorial budget, which was overspent, and I felt that the information that I was getting about our budget was coming too late and not in a form that I could monitor properly, so I set up a system whereby I would get weekly sheets of information on what the accounts department would regard as direct editorial expenditure, which would be payments to journalists, photographers, which is where the budget overruns were mostly accrued.

But, like all newspapers, there are a lot of other incidental expenses, taxis for reporters, flights, hotels.

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