In its dying months, the PCC continues to massage the figures – Tom Rowland

16 04 2014

pccLast year the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) received 12,763 complaints, yet its published Monthly Complaint Summaries only record 5,940 cases dealt with – or about 46 per cent of the total.  So how it can claim that 80 per cent of complainants using its service are satisfied with the outcome? Read the rest of this entry »





Media Standards Trust Response to PCC Defence of IPSO

8 04 2014

media-standards-trustThe Media Standards Trust has submitted a response [pdf] to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee to the defence by the Press Complaints Commission (“the PCC”) of the “Independent Press Standards Organisation” (“IPSO”). Read the rest of this entry »





Inaccurate, untested and uncorrected: another weak and inadequate PCC adjudication

12 03 2014

pccThe Press Complaints Commission (“PCC”) rarely makes adjudications on complaints. Only seven have been published in 2014.  Bearing in mind the fact that the PCC staff and procedures seem likely to be transferred wholesale to the successor body, IPSO, it is worth scrutinising adjudications with some care.  Read the rest of this entry »





PCC Code breaches for January 2014 – and the winner is….

11 03 2014

PCCWith no fanfare, no news release and no accompanying narrative, in the last couple of days the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) has discreetly uploaded the Monthly Complaint Summary for January 2014 to their website. Read the rest of this entry »





Hacked Off: The Daily Mail- PCC Code Breacher Of The Year

13 02 2014

mail_leveson_frontWhen the publishers of the Daily Mail saw a chart showing that theirs was by far the most complained-about paper in 2013, they took exception. The chart, they said, gave a “wildly inaccurate” picture of the number of Mail stories “about which the PCC received valid complaints”. Read the rest of this entry »





Hacked Off: How the PCC helps the Daily Mail and others avoid censure

11 02 2014

PCCEd-Miliband-Daily-MailAfter the Press Complaints Commission chair, Lord Hunt, and its director, Michael McManus, struggled to answer MPs’ questions last month about the most complained-about newspapers, we published our own table based on the PCC’s own Monthly Complaint Summaries for 2013. Read the rest of this entry »





Regulation, apology and correction: the failures of the Guardian and the PCC

25 01 2014

Sir Christopher GeidtLast November, the Guardian published in full, on page 10 of the print edition, a PCC adjudication that it had breached clause 1 of the Editor’s Code in three articles about the role of Queen’s private secretary, Sir Christopher Geidt. Read the rest of this entry »





PCC: The ‘resolutions’ that suit newspapers but leave so much unresolved – Tom Rowland

24 01 2014

PCC“Resolution” of complaints from members of the public at the Press Complaints Commission (“PCC”) can include the sending of ‘private letters of apology’. Tracking down some of these proves instructive. Read the rest of this entry »





The PCC is still fudging and not fixing, and the Mail is still the worst offender – Tom Rowland

17 01 2014

Leveson PCCIn November 2013, the month of the first anniversary of the publication of the Leveson Report, thePress Complaints Commission (PCC) published some of the details of 37 complaints from the public that it claims to have ‘resolved’. Read the rest of this entry »





The Editors’ Code Committee and the Leveson Recommendations: another case of dumb insolence

8 01 2014

CodeOfPracticeThe British press is very good at telling others how to organise their affairs.  It is not so good at putting its own house in order.  Our newspapers have a long and consistent record of evasion and inaction when it comes to dealing with its own deficiencies.  One interesting, and neglected example concerns the “Editors’ Code”.  This is the code of standards which the discredited Press Complaints Commission claims to enforce.  Read the rest of this entry »








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