Thursday, November 17, 2011

#Leveson #Pressreform : #BBC's #Peston and Murdoch's Man Will Lewis - Connections !

Is the BBC's Robert Peston too close to Rupert Murdoch's man Will Lewis?

At the height of the 2008 economic crisis Robert Peston became known as the man who moved markets. A new crisis, and again it seems to be Mr Peston, the BBC's business editor, who is making the running with another series of scoops, this time broadcasting or blogging a relentless succession of dramatic developments in the News of the World phone-hacking scandal. And once again, questions are emerging over quite who is providing the enthusiastic journalist with the 'inside track' that has placed him at the vanguard of the story. Media commentators have highlighted the close personal and formerly professional relationship between Mr Peston and Will Lewis, the very senior News International troubleshooter, amid suggestions that the BBC man is being used by the Murdoch machine. There are certainly links between Mr Peston, the son of Labour peer and economist Maurice Peston, and Mr Lewis.

They are friends and neighbours living in North London and were former colleagues at the Financial Times. more