Financial Times defends Robert Peston BBC scoops

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The Financial Times has stood by BBC business editor Robert Peston – a former FT financial editor – following a series of attacks by MPs.

Former Tory leader Michael Howard has called for an inquiry into how details of the bank bailout were leaked to Peston. Tory MP Greg Hands has called for the Serious Fraud Office to investigate.

“Even if Mr Peston’s sometimes breathless delivery is not to everyone’s taste, no one is disputing that [the stories were accurate],” the paper said in a comment piece today.

It added: “It is accuracy, not Pollyanna-ism, mole-hunting or messenger shooting, that is indispensable to the good journalism the public has the right to expect.

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