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The Sun's former deputy news editor told a court it is "very standard journalistic practice" to invent quotes.
Ben O'Driscoll, 38, in Kingston Crown Court's Sun six trial, said reporters would be "huffy" if asked for the source of their stories.
O'Driscoll also revealed that he was given "two minutes" by his editor to leave the building on his last day before leaving The Sun for a rival.
He said yesterday that it is wrong to pay public officials for confidential information unless it is in "exceptional circumstances".
Scotland’s new pro-independence daily newspaper has announced plans to continue publishing beyond its pilot week.
Newsquest’s National launched on Monday this week, reporting a sell-out circulation of 60,000 on its first day.
The print run was increased to 100,000 on Tuesday and Press Gazette understands 80,000 copies were distributed on Wednesday.
The circulations of the Scotsman, Daily Record and Herald, according to the latest ABC figures, stand at 27,208, 204,214 and 37,728 respectively.
Cleveland Police is the fifth UK police force believed to have obtained telecoms data as part of a search for a media source.
The admission comes in a document which was "erroneously" released to Press Gazette in a Freedom of Information Act disclosure.
A Sun journalist denied to a court that he "acted unlawfully at all" by looking at the contents of an MP's Blackberry phone. (Picture: Shutterstock)
Nick Parker told the Old Bailey he had searched through Siobhain McDonagh's phone because he had been told there was evidence of "criminality" on it.
Michael Ankers is in the dock at the Old Bailey alongside him accused of stealing the phone and then trying to sell its contents for £10,000.
Former Government chief whip Andrew Mitchell has lost his High Court libel action against The Sun over the "Plebgate" incident.
Mitchell sued the News UK newspaper for libel last year over a September 2012 story which reported that he called police officers "fucking plebs".
The Sun based its report, which it said was substantially true, on the account given in his log by Pc Toby Rowland.
The Independent, Evening Standard and Telegraph websites were reportedly hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army today.
The Independent, which had both its main website and the i100 targeted, said sites using the Gigya comment platform were affected.
It said that the Gigya platform itself was not hacked and reported experts as saying “no user data is or was in jeopardy”. The Independent said the hackers entered the Gigya system at GoDaddy, the domain registrar that manages domain names.
A Sun reporter with a "copper contact" was prone to exaggeration and once claimed to be related to Barack Obama, according to the paper's former deputy news editor.
Ben O'Driscoll told a court he took the young female reporter's claims "with a pinch of salt" and did not think she had a police officer contact.
"She was a lovely young girl, one of the younger reporters, but she was prone to exaggeration," he said.
"She had to be treated with extreme caution.
The Times has apologised and paid substantial damages to a law firm that it wrongly alleged was being sued for negligence by a former client over a claim relating to the MMR vaccine.
The story headlined "MMR families sue their legal aid lawyers" reported on 26 June that Hodge Jones and Allen LLP was being sued by Matthew McCafferty, the High Court was told.
Johnston Press has announced there will be up to 19 job cuts across 19 titles in Yorkshire, according to the National Union of Journalists.
The union has said staff across the Yorkshire Publishing Unit were told their editorial budget is to be reduced by 8 per cent, with between 15 and 19 jobs to go by the end of March.
Unprintable tales of explosive scandals involving politicians and celebrities were stored in a "Wild West-style" safe in the Sun's newsroom if they could not be used, a court heard.
The tabloid's former deputy news editor Ben O'Driscoll, 38, said more than 30 years of unpublished stories were stored in the 7ft high safe.
He told Kingston Crown Court the paper kept hold of "eye-popping" reports, pictures, and videos which had not made the paper because they were not in the public interest.
Sun Whitehall editor Clodagh Hartley and the girlfriend of a HM Customs press officer have been cleared of plotting to reveal government secrets in exchange for cash.
Ex-Whitehall editor Clodagh Hartley, 40, said she was "doing her job" when she requested Customs press officer Jonathan Hall be paid for stories about government waste and maladministration.
Hall, 43, chief of the HMRC's law enforcement desk, has admitted misconduct in public office after receiving £17,475 over more than three years from The Sun.
A prison officer accused of selling stories to The Sun told jurors that if he had been in it for the money he could have sold celebrity "tittle tattle" about snooker world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan's jailed father.
Lee Brockhouse insisted he only highlighted issues in the public interest which is why he never took the opportunity to peddle stories about high profile inmates at HMP Swaleside in Kent.
The National Association of Press Agencies has urged the BBC to start buying in local content from its members.
The suggestion follows news from BBC head of news James Harding earlier this month that the corporation is investigating ways to buy content from local newspapers.