Sunday Telegraph exonerated over puffery claims

Former Sunday Telegraph deputy City editor Patrick Weever lost his constructive dismissal case against the paper last week.

Former Sunday Telegraph deputy City editor Patrick Weever lost his

constructive dismissal case against the paper last week.



Weever had alleged that his former boss Neil Bennett had turned the City

pages into ’an offshoot of the PR industry’ because he was relying on PR

companies to supply stories via the ’Friday night drop’ rather than

promoting journalistic investigation.



He further claimed the PR industry often acted in breach of Stock

Exchange and Takeover Panel rules.



But tribunal chairman Ivor Walker said there was ’no evidence

whatsoever’ to support a breach of Stock Exchange rules in this case. He

added that no such further allegations should be aired without Weever

providing evidence.



Neil Bennett denied turning a ’blind eye’ to breaches of

regulations.



He said: ’We are dropped embargoed press releases, but they have never

broken the Companies Act or Stock Exchange regulations.’



He added: ’I am proud of the Sunday Telegraph and the work I have done

here and am pleased that the chairman of the tribunal completely

exonerated me and all my staff.’



Analysis, p 8.



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