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 »

The ‘Regulatory Funding Company’ – further proof that the big press companies learned nothing from Leveson – Brian Cathcart

24 04 2014

Leveson PCCThe people behind IPSO, the big newspaper companies’ PCC retread, have announced the initial membership of a body called the Regulatory Finance Company (RFC), the Guardian has reported. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »