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Tuesday 23 January 2018

UK newsrooms feeling the heat

Raphael G Satter

As Britain's most powerful Sunday newspaper crashes and burns, newsrooms across London are feeling the heat.

Media watchers and former journalists say the practices that felled the 'News of the World' were common across the industry. With 200 tabloid journalists out of work, two people convicted, and one former editor-in-chief under arrest, those behind the headlines are wondering whether they'll soon be in them.

Within hours, Scotland Yard was at the London offices of the Daily Star Sunday -- a downmarket tabloid with a circulation of about 300,000. They walked away with a disc full of computer material relating to Clive Goodman, the former News of the World journalist whose arrest on phone hacking charges several years ago set the scandal in motion.

The paper said in a statement that it had never carried "any story that might have stemmed from phone hacking."

But the cloud of suspicion hangs heavily over many tabloids. Fleet Street has long specialized in creative ways of scoring scoops, whether rooting through trash cans, talking their way past police or handing out cheques for hard-to-get interviews.

Irish Independent

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