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It worked pretty well when I was there, but there were two other things which I think are important to take into account in considering this. One was that it was not unknown for us to send faxes around to all the principal editors, the news editors, if we had a report -- if somebody rang up and said, "There there's a scrum around, what are you going to do about it?" we sent a fax around to the news editors to remind them -- to say -- we didn't accuse them; we said, "If, by any chance, one of your reporters is there, would you be kind enough to remind him of what the code says about these matters?" and surprise, surprise, in many cases, it would disappear.

But there's a second problem, and the second problem was this: that of course a lot of the scrum these days is television cameras and radio reporters, but television cameras in particular, which of course were outside my remit, and when I had meetings with them to talk about it, they would be very reluctant to do anything about it before the event happened because they said they would be taken to judicial review, and I had to take a chance on whether I was going to be taken to judicial review when I rang up and said, "Please will you get your people off harassing ..." whatever it was, and I was only once taken to judicial review during my time there and I didn't even have to use the -- what is it? The Aga Khan and the Jockey Club case, that didn't arise. The judge just threw the case out, said that we'd behaved properly. But I know I was slightly taking a chance by the pre-event or to try and stop it rather than waiting for the complaints.

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