Independent pays sum to Standard couple

The Independent has paid an undisclosed sum to Evening Standard editor Veronica Wadley and her journalist husband Tom Bower after comparing the couple to fallen press baron Conrad Black and his wife Barbara Amiel.

In The Independent’s Media Diary section on Monday, Guy Adams falsely claimed that Bower, who is working on an extended paperback edition of his recent biography of Black, was being paid a “munificent” weekly fee by the Standard for his coverage of Black’s fraud trial, and that the paper was paying for his stay at the “sumptuous” Peninsula Hotel in Chicago.

An apology in Tuesday’s Independent said Bower had “paid all his expenses and only got a reduced rate for incidental articles in the Evening Standard”.

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