News: PressBoF refused permission to bring “fanciful appeal” on Royal Charter

2 05 2014

Maurice KayOn 1 May 2014 Lord Justice Maurice Kay (pic) dismissed the application by the Press Standards Board of Finance (“PressBoF”) for for permission to appeal against the dismissal of their judicial review application.  No further appeal routes are available and the case is now concluded. 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 »





Opinion: Press bosses try to have their cake and eat it – Brian Cathcart

23 12 2013

Sir David NormingtonHaving lost the public argument about press self-regulation, the big newspaper companies are now trying to get their way by other means. Letters published online show that over the past month press bosses have tried to strong-arm Sir David Normington the official responsible for the first step in appointing the Royal Charter body that will inspect future press self-regulators. Read the rest of this entry »





Desperate newspaper bosses go back to court – Brian Cathcart

14 11 2013

lord-blackHaving seen their bid to block the Royal Charter thoroughly rubbished by two High Court judges on 30 October, the big newspaper groups are going back for more. A statement from PressBoF, the people behind the discredited Press Complaints Commission, said it was appealing against the judges’ refusal of permission for a judicial review of the Privy Council’s decision to reject its bid for a Royal Charter.  Read the rest of this entry »





News: Court rejects PressBoF’s application for a Royal Charter injunction [Updated]

30 10 2013

Royal CourtsThe application by PressBoF for an injunction to restrain the consideration by the Privy Council of the Cross-Party Royal Charter on Self-Regulation of the Press [pdf] was dismissed today after a hearing before Richards LJ and Sales J.   The Court also refused PressBoF permission to apply for judicial review of the Privy Council’s rejection of its proposed Royal Charter on the basis that there was no arguable case. Read the rest of this entry »





News: PressBoF Judicial Review Injunction application listed for hearing tomorrow

29 10 2013

Royal Courts of JusticeThe application by the Press Standards Board of Finance Limited (“PressBoF”) for an an injunction to restrain the grant of the Cross-Party Charter has been listed for a hearing tomorrow, 30 October 2013, at 10.30am in Court 68 at the Royal Courts of Justice before Lord Justice Richards and Mr Justice Sales. Read the rest of this entry »





News: PressBoF issues Royal Charter judicial review claim against eight Privy Councillors

29 10 2013

Guy Black takes his seat in the House of LordsOn 24 October 2013, it was announced that the newspaper industry’s associations, through PressBoF, were applying to the High Court for judicial review of the decision to reject their application for a Royal Charter.  This application was not in fact issued until  28 October 2013. Read the rest of this entry »





Opinion: Why PressBoF’s charter petition had to be binned – Brian Cathcart

9 10 2013

RoyalCharter700wNewspaper bosses squeal in sham anguish, but they knew better than anyone that their petition for a Royal Charter was never likely to be more than a spoiling manoeuvre, and that in the end it would have to be binned.

On every level it was an inadequate document, so that if it had been a school exam paper, even the most sympathetic teacher would have had to fail it. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Privy Council Committee rejects PressBoF Charter

8 10 2013

Maria MillerIn a statement to the House of Commons this afternoon the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, Maria Miller said that the Committee of the Privy Council was “unable to recommend” that the Press proposal for a Royal Charter be granted. Read the rest of this entry »





IPSO facto – why PressBoF’s regulator is going nowhere

31 07 2013

Dead EndThe editors and proprietors of national newspapers have more than 60 years’ experience of manoeuvring to avoid independent and effective regulation. Again and again down the decades they have bullied politicians into pulling back from the measures needed to curtail abuses of press freedom such as distortion, fabrication, intrusion and intimidation. Read the rest of this entry »