The Press Complaints Commission

  • The Press Complaints Commission (PCC) was a voluntary regulatory for British printed newspapers and magazines. The PCC closed on Monday 8 September 2014, and was replaced by the Independent press standards organization (IPSO), chaired by Sir Alan Moses.
  • The PCC received extensive criticism for its lack of action in the word phone hacking scandal , including from MPs and Prime Minister David Cameron
  • Lord hunt was appointed Chairman of the Commission in October 2011. In December 2011 Lord Hunt announced his plans to replace the PCC with a new independent regulator.
  • In 2001, labour Mp Clive Soley said that “other regulatory bodies are far stronger, far more pro-active and really do represent the consumer. There are no consumer rights people on the PCC and that is a major failing”.
  • Journalist Nick davies criticized the PCC for failing to investigate the vast majority of complaints on technical grounds in his book Flat Earth News (2008)
  • The 2009 British investigative documentary strsuckers exposed the request to obtain medical records of celebrities by many of the red-top UK tabloids, and the lack of PCC action against the papers that had broken the PCC charter
  • IPSO claims to be an independent regulator of the newspaper and magazine industry, and exists to promote and uphold the highest professional standards of journalism in the Uk
  • The Leveson Inquiry found that the existing PCC was not sufficiently independent of the industry it was regulating and proposed the establishment of a new independent body.
  • This route was accepted by David Cameron and following extensive political discussion, a Royal Charter on self-regulation of the press was granted by the Privy Council in October 2013
  • The Press Recognition Panel was created on 3 November 2014 as a fully independent body with the purpose of carrying out activities in relation to the recognition of press regulators.
  • The chair of IPSO is retired Court of Appeal judge, Sir Alan Moses and a 12-strong board has been appointed
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