inquiry: Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre has been giving
2.27pm: Paul Dacre, editor-in-chief of the Daily Mail, has taken the
2.30pm: Dacre is the longest-serving editor on Fleet Street and chairman
of the PCC editors' code of conduct committee. He has been editor of the
Daily Mail since 1992 and editor-in-chief of Associated Newspapers since
4.25pm: Jay asks Dacre about the Daily Mail's coverage of the
disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Dacre is asked if the Daily Mail refused to publish an apology because
supportive articles outnumbered the harmful ones. Dacre says he does not
Jonathan Caplan QC, counsel for Associated Newspapers, intervenes to say
that the legal settlement was agreed between the McCanns and the
4.26pm: Dacre says that the McCanns complaining to the PCC would have
"nipped things in the bud" earlier.
"The Mail's reporting of the McCan story was much more responsible that
most papers. I can't say any more than that," he adds.
Newspapers felt they had the "green light" to write what they liked
about the McCanns after the couple employed a public relations adviser,
The McCann story was one of the few examples of a story that boosted
sales, says Dacre. He says, with hindsight, he is glad the Mail didn't
splash on it too much.