Trinity Mirror chief executive Sly Bailey revealed this afternoon that the use of private detectives has been banned at her newspaper titles.
She made the admission in response to a question from Press Gazette at a seminar held as part of the Leveson Inquiry into the phone-hacking scandal.
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The vast majority of the phone-hacking at the News of the World was carried out by private investigator Glenn Mulcaire. And it has been common practice for national newspapers to pay for the services of private investigators like him, often to find names and addresses.
But Bailey said today: ‘We have banned the use of private detectives.”
She was at the inquiry to deliver a paper on corporate governance during which she went into great detail about the various risk controls that Trinity Mirror, as a plc, has in place. She revealed that this includes a ‘whistleblowers’ charter”.
Bailey said that Trinity Mirror’s recently completed review of editorial controls and procedures would be submitted to the Leveson Inquiry and noted that it had identified ‘a number of areas in which they can be strengthened’– including the use of third-party contributors and digital controls.