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Majority of apologies 'ways of killing a story'

Speaking to Radio 4's Today programme, writer Leo Benedictus has described the majority of apologies in the media as being "ways of killing a story".

Clinical psychologist Dr Jennifer Wild added that meaningless apologies can cause "anger in the public" and "have no beneficial effect" for victims.

She added that it is not necessary to be responsible for an act to apologise for it, referencing Prime Minister David Cameron's apology for Bloody Sunday in June 2010.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Tuesday 21 January 2014.