Among Lord Leveson’s main findings in his mammoth 1987 page report were:
• Newspaper “recklessly” prioritised sensational stories, irrespective of the harm that they could cause to those affected and “heedless” of the public interest.
The report was, surprisingly, much kinder to politicians who courted the press, concluding that there was no evidence they were unduly influenced by need to gain press support. In particular Leveson cleared the Government of being unduly influenced by News International in its decision over the BSkyB takeover - a finding criticised by political opponents.
Leveson said there was “no credible evidence of actual bias” on the part of the former Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt in deciding on the takeover, but criticised the role given to his special advisor Adam Smith, which he said gave rise to a “perception of bias”.
Leveson report: Volume One
Leveson report: Volume Two
Leveson report: Volume Three
Leveson report: Volume Four
Leveson report: Executive summary
Leveson inquiry: The essential guide