IPSO: The Inconvenient Truth, Part Three – Jonathan Coad

5 05 2015

IPSOVSPCCIn the final two parts of this post I examine why the efficacy of press regulation matters and how much. The short answer as to “why” is that we rely on the media to be our eyes and ears on what is happening in the world around us for all the myriad of decisions that we need that information for.

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Sun Four Trial: Rebekah Brooks’ promises to PCC over Sun’s cash payments “never implemented”, Court hears

17 02 2015

Rebekah Brooks at Leveson inquiryReforms to the Sun’s system of cash payments pledged to the Press Complaints Commission by Rebekah Brooks “were never implemented,” the deputy editor of the newspaper has said. Read the rest of this entry »

Sleepy IPSO, Zombie PCC and the Neglected Public – Michelle Gribbon

28 11 2014

IPSOVSPCCOn 8 September 2014, the discredited Press Complaints Commission (“PCC”) finally closed its doors and its successor – IPSO – was launched. The supposedly “new” regulator is based in the same office, with many of the same staff. But it is curiously quiet, even comatose. Read the rest of this entry »

Robin Williams’ coverage shows editors won’t listen and won’t learn – Brian Cathcart

14 08 2014

williamsThe coverage of Robin Williams’s death in some national newspapers shows not only that editors treat the PCC Code of Practice with contempt – there is nothing new about that – but also that they seem unable to learn from their mistakes, no matter what is at stake. Read the rest of this entry »

IPSO: It’s déjà vu all over again – Mike Jempson

1 06 2014

MediaWiseGive newspapers more time to put their houses in order.’ Sounds familiar? That was the plea of Labour’s Lord MacGregor, the then Chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, in January 1992. He was responding to the announcement that the Tory Government had appointed lawyer Sir David Calcutt to review the efficacy of press self-regulation. Read the rest of this entry »

The PCC is still failing to hold newspapers accountable: the case of Dr Kate Stone – Evan Harris

14 05 2014

Kate StoneDr Kate Stone, a Cambridge academic, spoke on Channel 4 News on Saturday about how she had succeeded in getting no fewer than 6 national newspapers to correct a story, and that this was via a complaint to the Press Complaints Commission (PCC).  Read the rest of this entry »

David Cameron, the Mail Online and recycled poison – Tom Rowland

1 05 2014

David CameronIn the dying days of the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) the Prime Minister has found himself on the receiving end of a successful complaint over his public spat with senior clerics about the hardship caused by government welfare changes. Read the rest of this entry »


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