Whilst the phone-hacking meltdown at News International continues, it is worth pointing out a that a piece of investigative journalism which has been running since 1994 this week came to a successful conclusion.

This week the pilots of a Chinook helicopter that crashed killing some of Northern Ireland’s military top brass had their names cleared. Key to this decision was the role of former Computer Weekly journalist Tony Collins who investigated the role of onboard software in this tragic story. [I worked with Tony at Computer Weekly.]

It is rare that a business to business journalist gets to follow an investigation in the way Tony was allowed to – a lot of his time was spent following the story and this would not neccessarily yield stories each week (much to the dismay of the news editor). However, he stuck with it and Computer Weekly stuck with him and finally his work is vindicated.

Well done Tony.