Working off-diary: Andrew Hosken

Reporters and producers are often under pressure to establish the facts and get a piece to air in a very short space of time. But some stories, especially those that bring new information to light, can take weeks if not months to expose. Andrew Hosken is a reporter for Radio 4.

Genuinely new information can reveal wrongdoing or discredit an organisation or individual previously considered reliable. Getting it wrong can ruin lives and careers.

Reporters who are working on original stories must ensure the source of their information is genuine and the truth is being told. They need to understand every complex layer of the story they intend to reveal and be able to back up the findings of their investigation with watertight evidence.

All of this takes time. So how do such reporters arrange their work schedule? How do they get on the trail of new information and then get their story on air?

Andrew Hosken has broken dozens of big stories exposing wrongdoing in authority. In this video he explains how building a relationship with a senior NHS manager led them to blow the whistle on gagging clauses in health service contracts.  


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