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New regional editor appointed to Press Complaints Commission

Ian Carter, editorial director of the Kent Messenger Group, has been appointed as an editorial member of the Press Complaints Commission. He replaces Simon Reynolds (former Editorial Director of the Lancashire Evening Post) who has retired from the Commission.

He has been nominated for membership by the Newspaper Society, the trade body for the regional and local press. Of the 7 editors who sit on the PCC, 2 are always drawn from the regional press. Other editors are from the magazine, Scottish and national newspaper sectors. This ensures that the Commission's deliberations are always informed by a cross-section of senior industry experts, while the Commission's independence is guaranteed by the fact that a further 10 members - a clear majority - are representatives of the public.

Welcoming Ian Carter to his new role, Lord Hunt of Wirral, Chairman of the PCC said:

‘As the PCC goes into a period of transition, it is more important than ever that the voice of our regional media should be heard loudly and clearly at the highest levels of the organisation. I am delighted that Ian has agreed to serve as a Commissioner as the PCC prepares to transfer its functions, assets and liabilities to a new regulatory body, with considerably increased powers. I know he will bring considerable intelligence and experience to our deliberations.'



1. There are 17 members of the PCC, ten of whom are independent of the press. There are 3 national newspaper editors, 2 regional editors, 1 magazine editor and 1 representative of the Scottish press on the Commission. Editorial members are nominated by their respective trade bodies.

2. Ian Carter was appointed editorial director of the KM Group in December 2009, with responsibility for its portfolio of newspapers, websites and radio stations. He joined the family-owned firm from Northcliffe, where he had been editor-in- chief of its South London, Surrey and Sussex division overseeing titles including the Croydon Advertiser, Surrey Mirror and Crawley News. He has also worked as a senior editor-in-chief at Trinity Mirror, with overall responsibility for a portfolio including the South London Press and The Wharf; as a senior broadcast journalist at the BBC and assistant editor and news editor at the Brighton Argus.

3. For further information please contact Jonathan Collett on 020 7831 0022.


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