McLellan and Russell at the Leveson Inquiry: Part three

“NEWSPAPERS outside Fleet Street have a ‘very good reputation’ for behaving ethically and should not be tarnished by the phone-hacking scandal” – so begins The Scotsman’s coverage of its editor, John McLellan’s appearance yesterday at the inquiry into press standards.

Writes David Maddox, the paper’s Westminster correspondent: “Editors of newspapers from around the UK said they had never come across the illegal interception of voicemail messages or the practice of paying public officials for confidential information.”

Also attending the Inquiry was The Herald’s Jonathan Russell. Its coverage of yesterday’s proceedings began along very similar lines.