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

They have a very clever scheme. Nobody would pay any attention to one investigative unit, so they form a partnership. So they had two exclusives this week with the Guardian, which was splashed over two pages on two successive days, which was then picked up by television.

So they operate with working in partnership with major players. The same thing operates with ProPublica in America. They have done a series of successful stories. They won the Pulitzer Prize by working in conjunction with NBC, the Los Angeles Times and others.

So here is a specialist unit of really good journalists who develop a story. They then give it to a major organisation as an exclusive, which runs it. It's then picked up by broadcasting. So it's a very cheap way of strengthening the independence, plurality and democratic functioning of the press.

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