Hacked Off: Rothermere papers commit almost half of all PCC Code breaches in 2014

2 07 2014

pccWith the newspaper industry’s flawed IPSO project – its replacement for the failed PCC – delayed yet again to September 2014 or even ‘Autumn’, the PCC continues discreetly posting summaries of ‘concluded complaints’ on its website. Read the rest of this entry »





Hacked Off: Even in its dying days the PCC covers up the Mail’s appalling code breach record

20 05 2014

Daily MailNew monthly summaries of ‘concluded complaints’ have appeared on the PCC website, as usual with no fanfare and no analysis to help the public understand the performance of the newspapers that the PCC ‘regulates’. Read the rest of this entry »





Hacked Off: How PCC ‘resolutions’ resolve things for the editors and not the public

15 02 2014

PCCIf you complain to the Press Complaints Commission (soon to be rebranded as IPSO), one of the least likely consequences is that the Commissioners will adjudicate on the question of whether you are right and the Code has been breached, and if so what the paper should do to make amends. Read the rest of this entry »





The Statistics the Press Complaints Commission Would Rather You Didn’t See – Brian Cathcart

4 02 2014

pccYou might think that any institution dedicated to upholding an industry’s code of practice would want to be clear how many times that code was broken and which companies were the most frequent offenders. Not the Press Complaints Commission (“PCC”). 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, the Judge and the ‘Gay Brothel’: another bizarre decision

12 11 2013

Daily_Mirror_24_6_2013[1]In an adjudication published last Thursday, the Press Complaints Commission decided that a front page Daily Mirror story entitled “Stuart Hall Judge visited gay brothel” did not breach the discrimination or privacy clauses of the Editor’s Code.  This was on the bizarre basis that a 1996 News of the World sting was “genuinely relevant” to a debate about whether or not a sentence passed by a judge in 2013 was too lenient. Read the rest of this entry »





What next for the PCC? – Brian Cathcart

23 07 2013

freefastfairThe Press Complaints Commission (“PCC”) still exists. It still has a chair, Lord Hunt, and a panel of Commissioners, and it still deals with complaints from the public. It will presumably go on doing so until its bosses, the proprietors assembled in PressBoF, turn off the tap of money. Read the rest of this entry »