Investigative Journalists and Their Bosses
I myself clashed with bosses at the Times and with Observer owner Tiny Rowland. He did business in Africa by bribery. But he allowed us to investigate the premier’s greedy son, Mark Thatcher. The inside story of my eventual resignation demonstrates a fact of investigative life: bosses are inescapable. Two reporters tell of their firing from a Fox radio station in the US, whilst the heroic Lowell Bergman exposed the cowardice of his own bosses at CBS. At Thames TV, we lost our jobs when the This Week Programme angered the government. At BBC Newsnight, reporters exposing bosses who protected Jimmy Savile were themselves forced out. But reporters must learn to handle bosses successfully. Because getting published is as important as finding things out.
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