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

I think not necessarily. I do agree that the balance is a difficult one to achieve. We all live very different lives. I mean, the McCanns, for instance, have found themselves the subject of a great deal of press intrusion. You could argue: well, as soon as they gave their first interview, they are therefore open season. That's not the case. You could say the first time the Dowler parents gave a police press conference, they were putting themselves in the public gaze, therefore the rest of their private life is open season. That's not the case.

And so to a certain extent we all live very different lives. People have called me a celebrity. I'm not; I'm a broadcast journalist. All of my work has been done on news and current affairs programmes on television, but by being on television, you could say I've put my private life out there. Not all of it, no. I think the balance is a very difficult one to always argue and to a great deal -- to as great extent, it comes down to the decency and the ethics of the proprietor and the editor of the newspaper concerned.

But not so in broadcast journalism. These same dilemmas are held every day in broadcast newsrooms up and down the land, but in broadcasting, in TV and radio, you have a code of conduct. The BBC has always had a code of conduct and a producers code by which they operate, and you know that if you go out of line at the BBC or even in independent television and radio -- we've always had the IBA, the ITC and now Ofcom -- you know that if you breach those guidelines, they will come down you on like a ton of bricks and very fast, too. These things are -- they hold an immediate inquiry, and it is immediate. People are very often suspended from their job until the end of that inquiry. People are very often fired as a result of findings of those inquiries, or fined, and things happen very, very quickly.

But there is still excellent journalism in broadcasting, in TV and radio. Look at Panorama or 24 Hours or This Week. There's still some excellent investigative journalism going in, but they operate within a code of conduct that was agreed, you know, 35/40-odd years ago and has always been there in broadcast journalism, but not so in the press. It comes down, as I said, time and again, to the ethics and the values and the judgment call made by either the proprietor or the editor or both, and I think that over the last 30-odd years, I'm not terribly sure that some of those editors and proprietors have had the right values.

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