Kent media expert Patrick Barrow on Leveson
by business editor Trevor Sturgess
Media expert Patrick Barrow has contributed to a book on the
fallout from the Leveson inquiry into the British press.
Mr Barrow, co-founder of Reputation Communications, based near
Sevenoaks, wrote a chapter for a previous book on Leveson.
The latest book, launch a few days ago, is called "After
Leveson: The Future of British Journalism."
Top names in journalism attended the launch at The Media Society
which staged a debate on the controversial subject.
Mr Barrow uses his experience with BBC News to examine the
intertwining of the Leveson Inquiry and the Jimmy Savile scandal at
the BBC and discussed whether newspapers covered it so extensively
as a form of "tabloid revenge" on the Corporation.
In the book, Mr Barrow writes: "As Leveson himself said, there
is “a cultural tendency within parts of the press vigorously to
resist or dismiss complainants almost as a matter of course".
They would, he said, exact revenge through "high-volume,
extremely personal attacks on those who challenge them". It was a
lesson the BBC and its management was about to learn "in the most
Mr Barrow adds: "True to the highest forms of tragedy then,
the makings of the BBC's downfall were inherent in its own
character. And fate was working feverishly to have circumstances
conspire to a point where the BBC's fault lines would be dreadfully
exposed to its gathering enemies."
Other contributions ranged from press freedom to the impact of
Leveson on local and regional media, whistle blowing and a
perceived public distrust of newspapers.
The book, edited by journalism academic John Mair and published
by Abramis at £15 is available from Amazon.
Mr Barrow will be writing about the Leveson inquiry and
his contribution to the latest book in the next issue of Kent
Business, available with most KM Group paid-for titles in early