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PCC transition to a new regulatory body

PCC transition to a new regulatory body

As noted in recent media reports, the Press Complaints Commission has unanimously agreed in principle to the proposal that it will now move into a transitional phase, transferring its assets, liabilities and staff to a new regulatory body.

The PCC wishes to make clear to the public that it is continuing to deal with complaints under the terms of the Editors' Code of Practice during this period of transition. All existing complaints will continue to be handled by the Secretariat in the usual way, and new complaints can be made as normal.

The PCC's 24-hour pre-publication advice and the anti-harassment services - both praised throughout the course of the Leveson Inquiry - are also still fully operational. PCC staff are available at all times to advise members of the public further, and to offer practical, immediate assistance.

Further information about the transition can be found in the minutes of the Commission meeting for February 2012:

Further information

  • A draft proposal for the future structure of the system of press self-regulation drafted by PCC Chairman Lord Hunt can be seen here.
  • The transcript of Lord Hunt's oral evidence to the Leveson Inquiry can be downloaded here. His witness statement can be read here.
  • Lord Hunt will give further evidence to Lord Justice Leveson later this year. The Commission has agreed that there should be ongoing dialogue with Lord Justice Leveson's team throughout the proposed transitional phase.
  • The PCC's contact details can be found at

9 March 2012


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