Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Let's Hope He Got A Good One

A pay-off, I mean. Clive Goodman has been sacked by the the News of the World, while in prison, no less, for hacking into the phones of Royalty. Now, it is hard to defend what Clive did, but the reasons for it are obvious - under pressure to produce stories he did anything he could. It's a shame the stories were so mediocre, but there we are, and hardly worth losing your life over. But it says so much about the way that News International, particularly, operates. They will be able to sack him without compensation because he has been convicted of an offence - so perhaps he did not get a pay-off after all. Either way, this is hardly the way to reward a man who has worked for you for more than 15 years. Still, you're only ever as good as your last story.

4 comments:

hangthedj said...

You are completely correct. Clive was and is a fucking good journalist...what amuses me even more is Andy Coulson's new job as the Conservative's new spin doctor...which basically he was doing before.

The thing about Clive as well was that:
a) the new news ed at the t9ime was trying to exert his authority and get him to come into reporter's conferences with everybody else and submit his story ideas...when actually, as Royal ed he was on a par with the the news ed anyway and didn't need to...
b) the Screw's wank fest over Ryan Sabey reached new heights when it made him Royal reporter, so he was snapping at Clive's heels like a hungry piranha. A little undermining I thought.

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