UK tabloid editor tells of paper's antics

January 12, 2012 - 7:16 AM

LONDON (AP) — The editor of a British tabloid has outlined a culture where reporters exaggerate headlines, dramatize stories, and occasionally go too far.

Daily Star Editor Dawn Neesom was speaking at the judge-led inquiry into British media ethics set up in the wake of the phone hacking scandal centered on the now-defunct News of the World tabloid

She shied away from claims that her paper played fast and loose with the truth, but acknowledged that the paper's mission was "to put a smile on people's faces."

Neesom said Thursday: "Occasionally, I admit, we do cross lines. But we do have standards."

The Star is owned by media magnate Richard Desmond, who is also to give evidence at the inquiry.

Desmond also publishes the Daily Express and celebrity magazines OK! and New!

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