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Give regionals a bigger voice on IPSO says editor

A senior regional editor has called for more representation for the regional press on proposed new self-regulator IPSO.

Current plans envisage one representative from the regional press and one from the Scottish press on the new body which is designed to replace the PCC and forestall the need for a government-approved regulator.

But Donald Martin, editor of the Sunday Post and a former president of the Society of Editors, says it is not enough.

Speaking at the SoE conference today, Donald revealed that his paper’s publisher DC Thomson is still considering whether or not to join the new body.

Said Donald: “We are reviewing our position and we are very concerned.”

He said that the new body should have at least two members drawn from the regional press, saying it had a significantly different way of operating in relation to press complaints to the national media.

In response, Paul Vickers of Trinity Mirror, who is heading the industry implementation group for IPSO, said the new body could become “unwieldy” with too many board members.

He added: “It would obviously be very disappointing if a significant group of regional titles stayed out.”

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  • November 14, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    And not only the Regional newspapers! For all its faults, the old Press Council had representatives from the CIoJ and the NUJ, organisations that actually represent journalists at the coal-face. The new, planned, organisation, should do likewise.

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