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Press watchdog to hold Q&A as it marks second anniversary

Keith HarrisonA regional daily editor will be among the panellists at a meeting and question and answer session hosted by the press watchdog this month.

The Independent Press Standards Organisation has announced plans for a ‘Town Hall’ style meeting to mark its second anniversary.

The meeting will serve as an opportunity for members of the public, community groups, local politicians and journalism students to hear from the press regulator and ask questions of an expert media panel.

Keith Harrison, pictured above left, editor of Wolverhampton’s Express & Star, will join IPSO chairman Sir Alan Moses, and Paul Mottram, Trinity Mirror’s head of legal and compliance.

Other panelists are expected to be added over the next few weeks ahead of the meeting, which will be held in Birmingham.

It will be chaired by BBC West Midlands’ breakfast show host Adrian Goldberg.

He said: “Newspapers, whether online or in print, remain a very important part of how local communities define themselves and find out what is going on where they live.

“I’m very pleased to have the chance to chair the IPSO public meeting in Birmingham and look forward to seeing members of the public quiz the people who are responsible for press standards and dealing with complaints about press wrongdoing.”

Sir Alan added: “Regulators can be distant and opaque organisations but I am determined to make IPSO as accessible and open as I possibly can.

“I would encourage anyone with an interest in how the press works and is regulated to come to the meeting and contribute to what I hope will be a fascinating evening.”

The meeting will be held at 6.30pm on 14 September at the KPMG offices in Snowhill, Birmingham.