Higgins: 'Sun wrong to expose de Burgh as love cheat'

The Sun's former editor says that there was always the desire "to achieve the maximum 'edge’ to the

Former Sun editor Stuart Higgins has said that he now thinks it was wrong of the paper to expose singer Chris de Burgh as a "love cheat" when he was editor in the 1990s.

In evidence submitted to the Leveson Inquiry yesterday, Higgins - who was Sun editor from 1994 to 1998 - said: "I was very aware that a sex scandal, marriage split type story would sell very well the next day and in those days there was always an absolute rule that we would always give involved parties a right to reply."

Higgins notes that this is no longer the case because of the popularity of pre-publication privacy injunctions brought out to stop stories appearing.

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