A clutch of regional newspaper editors are to give evidence to the Leveson inquiry on press standards next week.
Editors of seven regional titles drawn from all four countries in the UK are to take the stand as the inquiry’s attention shifts from the national tabloids to other parts of the media.
The sessions represent an opportunity for the regional press to differentiate its activities from those of its national counterparts.
One of the editors giving evidence, Nigel Pickover of the Ipswich Star, has previously urged politicians not to use what he called a “condemnatory catch-all” for newspapers in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal.
Earlier today, the Liverpool Daily Post picked up the theme in an editorial saying the hacking scandal had provided “the perfect stick with which to beat” the profession.
“The guilty few have caused enormous, disproportionate damage to the reputation of the massive majority of honest newspaper journalists,” it said.
As well as Nigel, other editors giving evidence next week include Peter Charlton of the Yorkshire Post, Spencer Feeney of the South Wales Evening Post, Maria McGeoghan of the Manchester Evening News and John McLellan of the Scotsman.
Also taking the stand will be Noel Doran of the Irish News and Mike Gilson of the Belfast Telegraph.
In a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron last July, Nigel wrote: “When you describe newspapers, please, please do not use it as a condemnatory catch-all.
“Please differentiate between the work done by local newspapers, like mine, and the activities the nation is so repulsed by.”
He later urged Mr Cameron to retain the Press Complaints Commission as a watchdog for the regional press while putting in place a different body to oversee national newspapers.
However the Prime Minister is believed to favour a system of statutory regulation for the whole industry.