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Eve Pollard: Why 'news is a commodity'

With the Leveson Inquiry into the press underway, Eve Pollard recalls what it was like being a tabloid editor in the 1980s and 90s at the Sunday Mirror and Sunday Express.

She recalls how people were paid for kiss and tell stories, how the police were treated to five star dinners, taxi rides and free football matches and how celebrities would be shocked if they knew who was really spilling the beans on their private lives.

Eve Pollard speaks to Kirsty Young on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs on Sunday 11 December at 11:15 GMT, repeated Friday 09:00 GMT. Listen online or browse the extensive Desert Island Discs archive.

  • 11 Dec 2011
  • From the section UK
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