June 25, 2003

ANOTHER CLIMBDOWN:

Media coverage of the attack on the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad that killed two television cameramen was “overblown” because journalists were at the centre of the story, BBC and Sky correspondents in the Iraqi capital have claimed.

The head of Sky News, Nick Pollard, today told the MediaGuardian forum on war coverage that on the day of the attack on the hotel – the main centre for western journalists reporting the war – he decided after a few hours to stop running it as the main story.

“It was overblown, but for a very good reason, because that was the centre for the media,” said Sky reporter David Chater.

Well, so long as there was a good reason.