Culture of Lying and Bullying at News of the World, says former Sports hack

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FORMER NEWS OF THE WORLD hack Matthew Driscoll has slammed the former paper he worked on claiming there had been a culture of bullying and lying on the paper.

 

His testimony comes as CNN anchor Piers Morgan will give evidence via radio link tomorrow at the Leveson Inquiry.

 

Driscoll’s testimony revealed that for a period when he was being treated for depression, he was hounded by the paper’s senior executives when he was advised by independent doctors to take a break from the pressures of Fleet Street journalism.

 

He also gave a damning verdict on the editorship of Andy Coulson, the former PR man for Tory PM David Cameron, who resigned in January this year, claiming that when Coulson became editor of the News of the World, he wanted Driscoll out.

 

Driscoll also painted a dark picture regarding the “dark arts” alleged to have been going on at the paper, which closed down in July of this year.

 

He said that although the sports desk did not have much real knowledge of these dark arts, he had been “informed” that there may have been illegal activities going on on the news and feature desks.

 

Driscoll said that the picture the News of the World bosses liked to paint was of an all embracing family, but that was not the experience he had of life on the red top 3 million circulated paper.

 

He commented at the end of his evidence regarding his career: “It’s dead.”

 

“Who would want to hire someone now who took on the bosses of the NOTW and won.”

He had successfully won an Employment Tribunal claim for disability discrimination against the News of the World.

 

Driscoll had formerly worked on the Daily Star, and then been poached by the News of the World in 1997.

 

On the PCC code, he said it needed to be bolstered and that maybe papers should be compelled to sign up as full members of the body.

 

“As it is, I think the PCC code works quite well.”

 

He said in his experience, when a PCC complaint is filed, editors took it very seriously, and particularly when he worked on the smaller circulating Daily Star, they were meticulous in fact checking stories.

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