Reuters columnist who resigned due to ethical concerns now writing for FT
by Chris Roush
Roy Greenslade of The Guardian in London reports that Neil Collins, who resigned in controversial circumstances from Thomson Reuters in October last year, has returned to the business press by writing for the Financial Times.
Greenslade reports, “He started a weekly column on the FT Alphaville site, called Something for the weekend, earlier this month.
“Collins quit the Reuters Breaking Views website after he was said to have failed to declare that he owned shares in a number of companies he was writing about, including BP, Marks & Spencer, Yell and Diageo.
“But there was no evidence Collins was ‘abusing his position for financial gain,’ as a Reuters report stated.
“In an email sent by Collins to Hugo Dixon, the co-founder and global editor of BreakingViews, (reproduced in full on this site) Collins said he was ‘saddened and embarrassed by my breaches of the [Reuters] rules.’
“At the time, there was considerable sympathy for Collins’s plight within the financial journalistic community. He was thought to have been foolish.”
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