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News of the World: The End

When the phone-hacking allegations piled up and eventually took down the News of the World, I was there to witness it all. Here is my story, from diary extracts during the last week of the newspaper, as published on Channel 4 News this week:

Hayley Barlow

  Gorkana caught up recently with News of the World’s former head of PR Hayley Barlow to find out what her 12 year long reign entailed, what she did next after the paper closed, and her part in the attempted rescue of ‘Wally’ the Thames whale in January 2006. Firstly Prince Harry, would the News of the World have published those pictures? Undoubtedly yes, if the story had broken in our time…. Read More

Bungee Jumping at Victoria Falls

Bungee jumping is like marriage, a binding commitment and not to be entered into hastily. Just ask that lass from Down Under following her unforeseen plunge into the Zambezi River. I’m thrilled she escaped largely unscathed despite the poor girl’s seriously bruised anatomy resembling an etched map of the Sahara. Her disturbing experience sent my mind reeling to a jaunty tale back in 2000. The day when I upped my cautious innocuous lifestyle from… Read More

My friend Bob Warren

Dear Bob, It is three years today. I’m not sure quite what you would have made of this wheelie bin of misery since you left.  I’m not sure what I make of it.  All good reasoning eludes me. But I’m ok living in the dark on that. I remember the first day we met.  You walked into my office and asked exactly what it was I did at the newspaper.  I said… Read More