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

I think there isn't a journalist in Britain who hasn't found a lot of what has been heard in the last few months sobering. And it's been a very -- I mean, there is no industry that could -- no industry or body or profession that could go through this kind of scrutiny and enjoy it. But I think there have been -- it's been a very harsh and uncomfortable light thrown on some things, as well as the opportunity for everybody to come along and talk about the good things and the realities of the challenges that we face.

But I think what the Inquiry has done, as well as open up that light, has drawn in other voices. It's brought editors out into the public in a way that they're not often brought out. That's uncomfortable, but I think it's also good and fits in with the age of transparency that we expect of others.

And I think it's drawn in useful voices from outsiders and academics and broadcast journalists and people with different kinds of experience, and I think there's been a huge move within the industry -- and we talked a bit about things that weren't commonly said about the PCC a couple of years ago that people now regard as commonplace, and there have been incredibly constructive moves by people like Paul Dacre in terms of what he's done in terms of corrections and clarifications and what he's said about ombudsmen. So I think there are voices being engaged in ways that simply wouldn't have been engaged six months or a year ago.

I think the phone hacking saga was an uncomfortable catalyst for that but if good things -- and I think good things already have come out of the inquest into that, that will be a good thing.

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