A sensational story could make or break The Herald editor Amina...
With falling sales and more people getting their news online, broadsheet The Herald is going through tough times, and the editor and staff are under huge pressure.
This week, when deputy news editor Holly (Charlotte Riley) discovers a billionaire is having sexual relationships with young women on his apprenticeship scheme, her editor Amina (Priyanga Burford) sees a chance to boost sales with a front-page scoop.
But given the influence of the billionaire in question, it’s a high-risk plan.
‘Amina believes in good journalism,’ says Priyanga. ‘Principles are important to her, and she tries to run her paper that way. But her industry’s in crisis as people just aren’t buying
As well as her work worries, recently divorced Amina has been dipping her toe back in the dating scene – but an unexpected twist turns everything on its head.
Like the rest of the cast, Priyanga visited The Mirror and The Guardian’s offices for research, and she says she put her preconceptions about journalists aside.
‘I tried not to buy into that Spitting Image caricature of journalists,’ she says. ‘We met this nice group with a genuine understanding of, and affection for, readers.’
Cover story... Editor Amina sees an opportunity
Reporting for duty... Holly sniffs out an exclusive