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

His main use to us and the reason that our news desk had been keen to use him was that at this point in time a lot of information that previously you had had to laboriously go to places like Somerset House or to town halls where electoral rolls were kept, he had on databases, which meant that if you were a reporter and you were out of town on a story -- bearing in mind at this point the laptops we issued reporters with didn't have Internet access, people didn't have BlackBerries -- they could ring up Whittamore and he was very good and very quick at cross-referencing electoral rolls, phone books, and supplying reporters with basic information they need to do their job, which is where to find people.

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