News: Government drops CFA Amendment Order

7 04 2010

The Government has dropped its proposed CFA Amendment Order, following the calling of the General Election.  Leader of the House Harriet Harman is reported to have told Labour MP Tom Watson yesterday that “You can be reassured following your reading of the order paper that that will not be moved today. So it might be on the order paper now but it’s not going anywhere.” Read the rest of this entry »

Opinion: “The PCC – providing a fair means of resolving complaints, Part 4: Survey and Recommendations” Jonathan Coad

7 04 2010

In the last part of this four part post, Jonathan Coad considers the PCC from the perspective of the “person in the street”,  looks at a survey of public opinion and makes recommendations for the future.

Recently I got into a taxi and had this remarkable conversation with the cabby. When he learnt that I was a media lawyer, the first thing he said (wholly unprompted) was how outrageous he thought it was that he would read a story that covered say a whole page, and the correction was only the small fraction of the size. He then went on to say that he thought the newspapers should be required to publish an apology/retraction which was at least the size of the offending article. Read the rest of this entry »