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

I suppose -- this is an interesting question. It had been thus for a very long time, going Commissioner after Commissioner after Commissioner backwards, that the head of the directorate had been a member of whatever the group was called, it was at one stage being called by various names, but the senior leadership group.

While, as I said in answer to earlier questions, I had been slightly concerned to not spend so much time on the press, it was still an important aspect, and he of course was not only in charge of press but he was also in charge of internal communications, and one of the things I haven't said, which I would like to put in, is that one of the reasons that any Commissioner is going to want to talk to the press is in order to talk to his or her own staff, who themselves are sophisticated consumers of the media. So the Evening Standard and other papers were a very important aspect of communicating to the 53,000 people who worked in the Met who, by some strange coincidence, didn't believe everything they read in the Force's official newspaper.

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