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Monday 5 July 2010

An Impending Report

Word has arrived from the independent review into the governance of the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) that their review is to be published on Wednesday.

The report, once published, will be available on the Governance Review’s website. There will no doubt be much to comment on.

Anyone who regularly looks in on Zelo Street will know that I have a particularly low opinion of the PCC as currently constituted, given its apparently incestuous relationship with the Fourth Estate: the Editors’ Code Committee is chaired by no less than the legendarily foul mouthed Paul Dacre, editor of the Daily Mail and managing editor of the Mail On Sunday.

Otherwise, I will not be rushing to pre-judge the report, but am not hoping for too much from it. The idea of a properly independent PCC, with the power of enforcement, may still be as far away as ever.

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