Wednesday 21 March 2018

Diamond a victim of tabloid's 'vendetta'

Broadcaster Anne Diamond suggested yesterday that Rupert Murdoch's editors waged a vendetta against her after she asked the media mogul how he slept at night knowing his newspapers ruined people's lives.

The former 'TV-am' presenter told the Leveson Inquiry that 'The Sun' ran an article headlined "Anne Diamond Killed My Father", offered her nanny £30,000 for a story and infiltrated the hospital where she was giving birth by impersonating a doctor.

She also spoke of her distress when the paper published a front-page picture of her and her husband carrying the coffin of their baby son Sebastian at his funeral in 1991.

Ms Diamond told the inquiry she put tough questions to Mr Murdoch when she interviewed him in the 1980s.

She learned earlier this year that Mr Murdoch's former butler recalled that the tycoon had "indicated to his editors" that she was "a person from that point onwards to be targeted".

She said she reluctantly joined a campaign by 'The Sun' to raise funds for research into cot death, which had claimed the life of her son, after the paper had published the picture from his funeral.

The campaign raised £100,000 and awareness, Ms Diamond said.

"I think this is a brilliant example of tabloid popular journalism at its best. The popular press is nothing to be ashamed of," she said.

However, she added that self-regulation of the press on its own had failed, adding that she did not think the regulation of broadcast media constrained reporters.

"It doesn't have to be like this, it's so sad that a handful of bad journalists have besmirched the profession in this way," she said.

Irish Independent

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