Two former editors, Bill Hagerty (The People) and Peter Preston (the Guardian) today look at the implications of the admission by The News of the World’s royal reporter, Andy Coulson, that he bugged the two princes.
Hagerty in The Independent writes:
“Is disregard for the law more prevalent as the war of diminishing circulations demands even fiercer competition between newspapers? I don’t think so: most editors play by the rules, and only reporters and photographers with more balls than brains do not recoil at the thought of having their collars felt.”
While Preston, in The Observer, writes:
So, as the court door slams shut, the PCC really does have new work to do. The commission isn’t proactive by constitution or inclination (and usually right to play umpire, not opening bowler). But the Goodman case is a stinker and leaves a foul smell right along Fleet Street.