Arab Today, arab today bbc tells parliament use of private eyes \not ruled out\
Last Updated : GMT 04:33:22
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

BBC tells Parliament use of private eyes \'not ruled out\'

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today BBC tells Parliament use of private eyes \'not ruled out\'

London - Arabstoday

The BBC has told MPs that it has "not ruled out" hiring private investigators to help with stories, despite assurances by the Sun, Mail and Telegraph that they no longer use them. David Jordan, director of editorial policy and standards at the BBC, told the Home Affairs Select Committee in parliament that the corporation spent £150,000 on private eyes from 2001 to mid-2011. Asked if the BBC had made a decision to stop using them, Jordan said: "I don't think that we've ever made a decision." Committee chairman Keith Vaz replied: "I would suspect from an organisation like the BBC with some of the finest journalists in the world you would have protocols or guidance in order to decide whether or not a journalist can use private investigators - and the use of licence payers money would actually be monitored very carefully." Jordan said: "At the moment I don't think we are [using them] but we haven't ruled out the possibility. Anybody wanting to use a private investigator, it would be a referral to me personally and I would have to agree it." Giving evidence to the committee earlier, representatives from the Sun, Telegraph and Mail sought to differentiate between "private investigator" and "information provider". Managing editor of the Sun Richard Caseby told the committee that no private investigators had been used at the title since last year. He said: "Private investigators have been used in the past. The situation at the moment is that should anyone wish to use a private investigator that would have to be signed off by the editor and the chief executive of News International." Caseby added: "I think there can be confusion. The Sun uses search agents. These are all legitimate, publicly available databases. "Any third party such as an information broker will be required to give an undertaking that they abide by the law and that they abide by the PCC code." Daily Telegraph assistant editor Philip Johnston said: "No we don't use them. We do investigations, but we use our own reporters. If a journalist wished to use one they would have to go to their line manager or editor and explain why. They wouldn't be allowed to use one without permission to do so. Asked by the committee about the 2006 information commissioner's report suggesting the Mail paid £143,000 to private investigator Steve Whittamore, Daily Mail deputy editor Jon Steafel said: "We did in the past use information providers - as distinct from private investigator - but we drew a line under that in 2007. "Mr Whittamore, who we did indeed use in the 1990s and early 2000s was an information provider, not a private investigator. "An information provider, simply in response to a request, would supply information such as a phone number or an address - I think there is a significant distinction. "We've looked into this very closely and overwhelmingly the requests our journalists made to Mr Whittamore were for what we would call perfectly legitimate pieces of information such as a phone number or an address in order to contact them. "No journalist to our knowledge ever asked him or required him to do something that was unlawful." Steafel said that Whittamore's files, which were seen last summer, appeared in many areas to be "contradictory or inconsistent". Caseby agreed that Whittamore's data was "quite chaotic and confused".  

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today bbc tells parliament use of private eyes \not ruled out\ Arab Today, arab today bbc tells parliament use of private eyes \not ruled out\

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today bbc tells parliament use of private eyes \not ruled out\ Arab Today, arab today bbc tells parliament use of private eyes \not ruled out\

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Designer Aql Faqih aspires to innovation

GMT 18:41 2017 Friday ,20 October

Designer Aql Faqih aspires to innovation
Arab Today, arab today Malaysia Airlines picks new CEO

GMT 12:54 2017 Saturday ,21 October

Malaysia Airlines picks new CEO
Arab Today, arab today Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts

GMT 17:52 2017 Sunday ,03 September

Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts
Arab Today, arab today Residents get glimpse of Raqa in ruins

GMT 07:10 2017 Saturday ,21 October

Residents get glimpse of Raqa in ruins
Arab Today, arab today Hiring not part of Alibaba pledge

GMT 11:26 2017 Wednesday ,18 October

Hiring not part of Alibaba pledge
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today World's deepest lake in peril

GMT 15:54 2017 Friday ,20 October

World's deepest lake in peril
Arab Today, arab today Ex-French minister Dati wants tough action

GMT 10:54 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Ex-French minister Dati wants tough action
Arab Today, arab today Delhi braces for pollution 'airpocalypse'

GMT 16:07 2017 Friday ,20 October

Delhi braces for pollution 'airpocalypse'
Arab Today, arab today The history of solar eclipses

GMT 05:16 2017 Sunday ,20 August

The history of solar eclipses
Arab Today, arab today EU raids automaker BMW

GMT 11:06 2017 Saturday ,21 October

EU raids automaker BMW
Arab Today, arab today Sweden to get biggest car factory

GMT 14:10 2017 Friday ,20 October

Sweden to get biggest car factory
Arab Today, arab today Actress Mona Zaki praises husband’s role

GMT 08:15 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Actress Mona Zaki praises husband’s role
Arab Today, arab today Massacre fears spark race

GMT 19:09 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Massacre fears spark race

GMT 08:57 2017 Wednesday ,18 October

Actress Shery Adel happy for Egypt’s qualification

GMT 18:15 2017 Monday ,16 October

British actress becomes fifth woman

GMT 16:53 2017 Tuesday ,05 September

Youssra depended on colored foam

GMT 16:00 2017 Wednesday ,18 October

Climate-disrupting volcanoes helped topple

GMT 10:46 2017 Saturday ,05 August

Nanis reveals simple ideas for home renovation

GMT 09:56 2017 Friday ,20 October

Privacy Groups Warn of Perils

GMT 08:04 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Second US judge orders freeze

GMT 17:12 2017 Monday ,07 August

Al-Shawaifi reveals secrets of total solar eclipse

GMT 20:46 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Qualcomm files lawsuits in China to ban iPhones

GMT 16:53 2017 Saturday ,02 September

Mai importance of gifts during Eid Al-Adha
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday