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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-23-09 11:52 PM
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Source: The Guardian

A News of the World reporter who suffered from a culture of bullying led by former editor Andy Coulson, who is now David Cameron's head of communications, has been awarded almost 800,000 for unfair dismissal and disability discrimination.

Matt Driscoll, a sports reporter sacked in April 2007 while on long-term sick leave for stress-related depression, was awarded 792,736 by the east London employment tribunal. It is believed to be the highest payout of its kind in the media, and legal costs could take News International's total bill well over the 1m mark.

The award will cause fresh embarrassment for Coulson, who resigned in January 2007 from the newspaper after the former royal editor, Clive Goodman, was jailed for hacking into the phone messages of aides to the royal family.

Earlier this year, Coulson faced renewed pressure, after the Guardian revealed that the News of the World's owner, News International, had paid out 1m to settle claims from Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, and other victims of phone hacking.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/nov/23/andy-coulso...




Andy Coulson, now David Cameron's head of communications, led the bullying
campaign the tribunal found. Photograph: Martin Argles
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DeSwiss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 04:58 AM
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1. Meh. Rupert's got people falling all over themselves.....
...trying to give him money. So this news doesn't have quite the zing I would've liked.







K&R
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movonne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 07:02 PM
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2. I wish he would go broke and have to live on the street...(I can dream
can't I....
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