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