"Jade [Goody] was not paid for this interview," screams the News of the World today. Is this accurate? For the interview the paper contracted to pay the consideration of £50,000. The fact that this sum will be donated to a charity of Goody's and Shilpa Shetty's choice is another matter. The fact that Goody will not actually receive the sum is neither here nor there: it's part of the quid pro quo. The donation is contingent on the interview.
"For the interview Jade has donated our £50,000 fee to charity" would have been the truthful screamer. We also learn that her CBB fee of £50,000 is going to charity too. So the value of Jade's donation(s) is £100,000 - hopefully the Anti-Bullying Alliance (see below) is not on her good cause list.
The interview itself is not worth £500 let alone £50,000. It just repeats the mea culpa Goody gobbed at Davina McCall on Celebrity Big Brother. But the donation launders the exercise and is good PR for the paper - and is not unhelpful to demonised Goody. Oh, and expect a sales lift of about 100,000 (x 85p per unit) copies.
Now, to the Screws' Goody interviewer Jules Stenson. He is certainly an expert on bullying - although about 10 feet tall he has been abused by newspaper staff over the years. Notorious bully editor Bridget Rowe at The People contributed to his endorphins-free existence there in the '90s. And only recently poor Jules was compelled to appear in the Screws' problem page Photo File as a middle-aged office satyr pursuing some poor lass half his age. This was his punishment-by-humiliation for a fuck-up I won't re-visit here.
Yep, the News of the World knows all about bullying.