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People, millions and millions of people enjoy popular culture, and thank goodness for showbiz stars that they do, otherwise they'd all be out of business. There's nothing wrong with watching X Factor or reading about it. I have to produce a website which makes a profit because profit is the only real way of having any freedom in journalism. The only journalism that's truly free is profitable journalism otherwise you're in hock to the taxpayer or a charitable foundation or some rich sugar daddy, so you have to make money.

I have to produce a product that is engaging and entertaining and I do that by providing things that people want to read about, that they're interested in, one of which is showbiz. It's not everything we do, it's only about a third of the page impressions we do. We do loads of science stories and foreign coverage that are far in excess of what the paper does because I have more space than the paper does.

Very few people wake up one morning and find oh my goodness, I woke up, I'm a celebrity. It doesn't happen by accident. I know that we are probably the celebrities' favourite website. I know for a fact that they are glued to us because I hear from them all the time. Most of them, their biggest concern in life is not appearing on it. This is a very good example of a nexus between PR, freelance picture agencies and newspapers and websites. And quite often I think the Inquiry has to guard against pictures that might to the man in the street seem to be intrusive but were in fact taken with the celebrity's full consent.

Of course, quite often if we're not there now to take a picture, the celebrity will helpfully Twitter one just in case anyone missed it, so I think, you know, an awful lot of showbiz content has to be seen in that context.

Does that answer your final point?

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