Crime does pay
: Andrew Gilligan, the alleged journalist who gave journalism and the BBC a bad name and had a hand in a man’s death through his reputed reporting, is now on his way to a 250,000-pound book deal for his sins.
He had faced the most withering scrutiny any journalist has ever had to endure, and been accused of misleading MPs and undermining the reputation of the BBC. Even his own boss said Andrew Gilligan, the BBC reporter at the heart of the Hutton Inquiry, ‘paints in primary colours rather than something more subtle’.
But Today’s defence correspondent, who accused Downing Street of ‘sexing up’ intelligence to make the case for war in Iraq, is set to have the last laugh with a book deal for his story that could earn him up to