One Rogue Reporter

Friday, May 30, 2014


Rich Peppiatt is a former tabloid reporter who resigned from the profession with a very public letter to his boss at the UK's Daily Star newspaper. He's since been a vocal critic of the British tabloid press, and has a new film called "One Rogue Reporter" that is part documentary, part satire, and part outrageous pranks against some of Britain's most notorious tabloid writers and editors. Bob speaks with Peppiatt about the film and how he turned tabloid journalists' own tricks against them.


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Elaine from London & Massachusetts

In answer to the previous comment, that's right and unfortunately necessary in the slimy and ethically challenged world of the British tabloid press that has ruined many people's lives. That's what it takes to catch these people out and Richard Peppiatt knows his prey well.

This is a brilliant satirical documentary and Richard is a master at setting the right tone for this subject. Satire is the only way to tell it. It's a must see for anyone interested in understanding the moral vacuum of the British tabloid press that goes well beyond phone hacking. It includes making up stories, as George Clooney claims The Daily Mail and Mailonline (same company), did to him recently. I'm sure he's right because The Daily Mail did the same thing to me. It includes denials by editors of the means to which they obtained stories and their ridiculous justifications for doing so, mostly claiming it was in the public interest. Even The Leveson Inquiry, set up by The British Government to look into the culture, practices and ethics of the press did not get the full story.

It's all very shocking stuff and all true. Most Americans will be in disbelief at the antics. One of the villains in the story, Neville Thurlbeck, a former News of the World reporter, is featured in all his glory in his birthday suit in a hilarious scene while in search of a story of the most salacious kind, the stock and trade of The News of the World. He was just sentenced to 6 months in prison for pleading guilty to phone hacking, as where others, including the former editor, Andy Coulson, on July 4th, after the 8 month phone hacking trial in London. More was revealed about the tabloid's tactics during the trial, including more hacking of the Royals and a safe full of voicemail tapes found in The News of the World's lawyer's office.

Richard Peppiatt's masterpiece would be perfect for HBO!

Jul. 11 2014 03:15 PM
Thatwood B. Telling from The Village

Let's see if I've got this straight: A man leaves a sleazy profession and is now "working through" his own former complicity in the endeavor by exposing the hypocrisy of those still involved. Yet he obviously has no qualms about lying in order to land an interview so he can expose the lack of journalistic ethics in others.

Is that about right?

Jun. 01 2014 09:33 PM

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