Suggestion Box

December 9th, 2008 § 0 comments

Press Complaints Commission:

The Editors’ Code of Practice Committee, which writes and revises the voluntary code of standards overseen by the Press Complaints Commission, is undertaking its annual review of the Code.

It welcomes suggestions from the public, civil society and the industry on how the Code might be revised to improve the system of self-regulation of the press, of which it is an essential component.

Suggestions should be sent as soon as possible, but no later than 31 January, 2009 to:

Ian Beales, Code Committee Secretary,
PO Box 235, Stonehouse,
GL10 3UF.

Or by email to:

Here’s a suggestion for starters, how about having non-industry people on the commitee so that the commitee can be and be seen to be a little more independent.
I don’t know about you, but if I had to submit a serious complaint to the PCC, I wouldn’t be especially confident it’s neutrality.

Here’s why:

The Editors’ Code committee members are:

  • Chairman, Paul Dacre, Daily Mail
  • Neil Benson, Trinity Mirror’s regional newspapers
  • Adrian Faber, Express and Star, Wolverhampton
  • Mike Gilson, The Scotsman
  • Douglas Melloy, Rotherham and South Yorkshire Advertiser
  • Ian Murray, Southern Evening Echo
  • David Pollington, The Sunday Post
  • Jonathan Grun, Press Association
  • Alan Rusbridger, The Guardian
  • June Smith-Sheppard, Pick Me Up magazine
  • Neil Wallis, News of the World
  • Harriet Wilson, Conde Nast magazines
  • John Witherow, Sunday Times.

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