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Chairman highlights strengths of press complaints system

Press watchdog chairman Sir Christopher Meyer has tackled the hot issue of self-regulation in a speech to the Society of Editors. He questioned whether the term ‘self-regulation’ was correct for the type of regulation from the Press Complaints Commission, given

Editor to face public at watchdog roadshow

Western Mail editor Alan Edmunds is to link up with the Press Complaints Commission when it goes out on the road in Cardiff next month. He will be part of a panel of members from the press watchdog who will

South West editors welcome watchdog chairman

The Western Daily Press has hosted a reception of senior editors to meet the chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, Sir Christopher Meyer. Editors of dailies and weeklies from across the South West travelled to the Daily Press head office

Press watchdog's longest serving member to retire

The longest serving member of the Press Complaints Commission, Professor Robert Pinker, is to retire from his role as a lay member at the end of the month. Professor Pinker joined the PCC when it was set up in 1991

Media charity claims PCC is failing to satisfy the public

The Press Complaints Commission has come under attack from an organisation that says the people who use it are far from satisfied. Media ethics charity MediaWise has conducted a survey with results that are at odds with the PCC’s own

Reminder for editors as more rigorous code is launched

The first major review since 1999 of the newspaper industry’s editors’ Code of Practice has been unveiled by the Press Complaints Commission. It provides the rules by which the Commission regulates the newspaper industry, and calls on editors to observe

'Code suggestions ignored', claims PressWise Trust

An independent media ethics charity has branded the new Code of Practice for editors as little more than “the same warmed-over gruel of pious promises”. The PressWise Trust, which made a 15-page submission to the Press Complaints Commission last month,

Review shows watchdog works for 'ordinary people'

Press watchdog the Press Complaint Commission has put forward evidence to “explode the myth” that it was only the rich and famous that complained about newspapers. Launching the Commission’s 2003 Review, chairman Sir Christopher Meyer quoted statistics that showed that

New PCC director is appointed

Tim Toulmin has been appointed as the new director of the Press Complaints Commission. He succeeds Guy Black who stepped down from the post at the end of last year. Tim has been acting director since then. His appointment follows

Watchdog hits the road – and is set for Edinburgh

Glasgow Evening Times editor Charles McGhee will be part of a panel to answer questions when the Press Complaints Commission roadshow arrives in Edinburgh. The event, on May 13, is part of an initiative to open up the work of

Data Protection to be tackled by PCC

Press watchdog the Press Complaints Commission is set to improve awareness on the requirements of the Data Protection Act. There is widespread concern over what it actually means to journalists, statutory bodies and the police. And some fear that police

PCC initiative heads for Edinburgh

The Press Complaints Commission is to hold an open day in Edinburgh as part of an initiative to increase awareness of its services. The event will be held at the Balmoral Hotel on Thursday, May 13, and follows a similar

Curran on PCC panel to appoint new director

Regional editor and former president of the Society of Editors, Ed Curran has been named on the interview panel which will help appoint the new director of the Press Complaints Commission. The Belfast Telegraph editor, who is also a member

Evening Times editor joins press watchdog

Glasgow Evening Times editor Charles McGhee has been appointed to the Press Complaints Commission as one of seven editorial members. He replaces David Pollington, editor of the Sunday Post, who has retired from the Commission after two years. Charles has

'Health check' to ensure Code of Practice remains valid

The Editors’ Code of Practice Committee is to launch a comprehensive reappraisal of the Code next month. The development is the first of a series of annual ‘health checks’ announced last year by Press Complaints Commission chairman Sir Christopher Meyer.

Press complaints jump by 39 per cent

The Press Complaints Commission saw a 39 per cent jump in the number of complaints that it received last year compared with 2002. There were 3,649 complaints made – up from 2,630 the year before. Among those complaints was a