Sky News journalist resigns over 'fake' Iraq report

 

A Sky News journalist accused of "faking" a television report from a British Royal Navy submarine during the Iraq war has resigned, Sky News say.

Sky News said James Forlong's report was unacceptable to a news operation which had built a "proud reputation for accuracy and integrity".

Forlong said: "It was, in 10 years of unblemished service with the company, a single lapse of judgement which for me is a source of deep regret.

"There was never any conscious intent to deceive the viewers, though I accept that was the outcome."

Head of Sky News Nick Pollard said he was pleased the issue had been dealt with quickly. The BBC allegations are made in a documentary "Fighting the War" which will be aired on Sunday.

A second member of staff who had also been suspended during the investigation was cleared.

Sky News is controlled by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.