The UK Leveson Inquiry into press standards and practices also has examined photojournalism and photography standards.
Hello! magazine editor Rosie Nixon told the Leveson Inquiry Jan. 18 the magazine won’t publish photos of Kate Middleton “shopping or going about her daily life,” according to the Associated Press. Earlier this month, as we wrote, the Daily Mail’s photo editor Paul Silva told the Leveson Inquiry that the newspaper rejects most of the hundreds of photos it receives each day of Pippa Middleton because they are pictures of her “just coming out of her door.”
Further, Nixon and OK!‘s Lisa Byrne and Heat‘s Lucie Cave “said they avoided publishing pictures of celebrities who were known to value their privacy, filling their pages instead with those who enjoyed the exposure.” Nixon noted that Hello! will hold back reports that a subject “doesn’t want us to run” so the magazine doesn’t lose access to the celebrity later on.
According to the UK Press Gazette, Nixon and Byrne added that “most of their content is pre-approved by the celebrities” before publication in Hello! and OK!.
Each of the three celebrity magazines has a circulation of 300,000 to 400,000, according to the Press Gazette.
We wrote late last year when the UK British Press Photographers Association asked to be a “core participant” at the inquiry and defended UK photographers from criticism of the industry.