BSkyB has hired a law firm to ‘conduct a trawl of the emails of star journalists’working on Sky News, according to a report in the Independent.
The move was reportedly made to ‘ensure that there is no evidence of stories being obtained by illicit news-gathering methods”, enabling the company to give assurances to shareholders ahead of this week’s annual general meeting.
The Independent reports that Sky’s legal adviser Herbert Smith has been drafted in to conduct the ’email audit”.
A BSkyB spokesman told the paper:
There has been no suggestion of any impropriety at Sky News. We remain committed to the highest standards.