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Regional publishing boss appointed to PCC

A senior regional editorial executive has been appointed as a new member of the Press Complaints Commission.

Bob Crawley, left, publishing director for Archant Anglia, has been appointed to the press watchdog, replacing former Newsquest managing editor Anthony Longden who stood down at the end of September.

Bob was nominated for the role by the Newspaper Society and is one of two regional press editors which make up the seven editors on the PCC, with the other being Kent Messenger group editorial director Ian Carter.

Anthony left his role as managing editor of Newsquest’s North and East London titles in January after six years.

In his role at Archant Anglia, Bob is responsible for editorial content across its newspapers and has previously held a number of senior roles including being editor of the Peterborough Telegraph and the Norwich Evening News.

PCC chairman Lord Hunt said: “I am delighted that Bob has agreed to serve as a Commissioner. It is especially important in these changing times that the voice of our regional media is fully represented on the Commission.”

Bob said: “I am delighted to be appointed a commissioner for the Press Complaints Commission. It does extremely valuable work.

“I am passionate about the press, in particular the regional press, and look forward to working with the PCC team to ensure reporting standards across the industry remain as high as possible.”

Of the seven editors who sit on the PCC, two are from the regional press, three are national newspaper editors, one is a magazine editor and one is a representative of the Scottish press.

The other 10 members are independent of the press.


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  • November 23, 2012 at 8:55 am

    I am sure Bob will do a great job but they are big shoes to fill. Anthony: editor, leader…legend

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  • November 23, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I would agree with that comment about Anthony. One of the best and most thoughtful editors in Newsquest and a very big loss to the industry. Would make a good executive director of the Society of Editors in my humble opinion if that post ever became available.

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