£790,000 payout for bullied News of the World reporter

A former News of the World reporter has won more than three quarters of a million pounds in damages from his former employer.

Sports reporter Matt Driscoll was sacked in April 2007 while on long-term sick leave for stress-related depression, having suffered, the east London employment tribunal found, from ‘a consistent pattern of bullying behaviour’.

The bullying was led by then News of the World editor Andy Coulson, who is now Tory leader David Cameron’s head of communications, although the tribunal noted that senior managers were also involved.

Driscoll was awarded almost £792,736 for unfair dismissal and disability discrimination.

The News of the World had said that he was fired because of poor punctuality and inaccuracies in his reporting, according to the Guardian.

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