About the PCC
The Press Complaints Commission is currently in a phase of transition; and it will soon be replaced by a new structure of independent self-regulation for the newspaper and magazine industries. Following the recommendations Sir Brian Leveson made in his Report published in November 2012, the magazine and newspaper industries have been creating a new, self-regulatory body - the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), in accordance with the Leveson principles. The target date for IPSO to commence operations is 1 May 2014. Barring unforeseen circumstances, the PCC will therefore be closing down on 30 April.
In the meantime, the PCC will continue to deal with complaints from members of the public, which can be made in the normal way throughout the transition period. All complaints that are already being handled as at 30 April will be carried over to IPSO. The terms of the Editors' Code of Practice remain the same, and members of PCC staff are available at any time to offer advice, including on an emergency out-of-hours basis for concerns relating to harassment or attention from journalists and photographers.
This section of our website is designed to introduce you to the work of the PCC and explain more about the system of press self regulation we uphold. If you are looking for information about how to make a complaint, please click here. You might also find it helpful to have a look at our annual reviews. These provide a comprehensive summary of the PCC's work, including a look at key cases, complaints statistics and special in-depth reports on topics such as privacy.
Find out more about the PCC and how it operates, including the full range of sanctions available to it and its proactive work.
You’ll see the term ‘self regulation’ quite frequently on this website. This page explains how this particular system of regulation is beneficial to the public, and explains its advantages over other possible options.
This page gives a comprehensive overview of the PCC’s history from its inception in 1991 to the present day.
This section provides important information about how the PCC is funded; sets out our register of interests and Articles of Association; and explains what you can do if you have a complaint about the PCC. It also includes minutes of Commission meetings.
From our work stopping media harassment to details of our training seminars and events, these pages highlight some of the PCC’s most interesting areas of work that you might not know about.
Examples of successful anti-harassment and pre-publication work