A letter raising concerns about the publisher’s Atex system was sent to the PCC in June by the National Union of Journalists.
The move came after a leaked memo written by Paul Bentham, managing director of the group’s South Yorkshire titles, said editors ‘should not continue with the old practise of reading every story’.
The PCC contacted Johnston Press for reassurance after it received the letter and it has now emerged the watchdog was satisfied with the response from the company.
In the minutes from a PCC meeting held in July, it says commissioners discussed the issue but decided no further action should be taken at present.
The minutes say: “Commissioners agreed that no further steps were appropriate at this stage, Johnston Press having affirmed its commitment to the PCC – a commitment it said was unchanged by the latest technological developments.”
Chris Morley, the NUJ’s Northern regional organiser who wrote the letter to the PCC, said he still had concerns about the effects of Atex, saying it needed ‘constant vigilence’.
He said: “I think it is appropriate that they (the PCC) certainly spoke to Johnston Press about the issue, which I know they did.
“The thing that provoked it was a ridiculous instruction that was sent out to the editors about working protocol, which called into question the fundamental elements of an editor’s role.
“Some of the concerns have gone anyway in the fullness of time and with investment in better kit.
“The requirement for editors not to read every story, I don’t think it is being rammed down editors’ throats but their task is difficult.”
A spokeswoman for Johnston Press claimed 80pc of journalists who were using the new system were ‘very pleased’ with it, saying it gives them more control over content and responsibility for their copy.
She added the company believed it was working very well and that it had not had an increase in complaints.