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

Firstly, as you say, I think there's long been a view held by the readers of the Times, and certainly by editors of the Times, that the most important page in the paper is the letters page, that you understand the range of interests, the depths of the passions and also the extent of the knowledge of the people that you're writing for, that at the root of the paper is a respect for the intelligence of our readers.

In the modern world, of course, that comes at you every which way, so I will receive not just those letters every day, but emails directly to me, or I'll get telephone calls directly to the office. There's a running commentary, of course, on what the paper does and says on Twitter, not to mention in the pages of other papers or on other blogs, so I do feel as though we're keenly aware of what is being said about the paper, good and bad.

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