ABOUT THE COMMISSION
There are seventeen members of the Press Complaints Commission. A majority of them have no connection with the press - ensuring that the PCC is independent of the newspaper industry.
There are three classes of members: the Chair, Public Members (or lay) and Editorial (or industry) Members.
The independent Chair is appointed by the newspaper and magazine publishing industry. The Chair must not be engaged in or, otherwise than by his office as Chair, connected with or interested in the business of publishing newspapers, periodicals or magazines. The current Chair is Lord Hunt of Wirral.
The Public Members and Editorial Members are appointed by the Nominations Committee. None of the Public Members can be engaged in or, otherwise than by their membership of the Commission, connected with or interested in the business of publishing newspapers, periodicals or magazines. Each of the Editorial Members must be a person experienced at senior editorial level in the press.
The Commission takes the final decision about all complaints handled by the PCC, in particular those referred to it for adjudication. Editorial members do not consider complaints relating to titles over which they exercise editorial control, or relating to titles with which they have close links (e.g. sister titles). If they report to an Editor-in-Chief, they will also not consider complaints against any titles under that executive's control. To see the register of interests of Commission members, please click here.
The Commission now publishes the minutes of its meetings. These can be found here.