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New regional editor appointed to Press Complaints Commission

Bob Crawley, Publishing Director for Archant Anglia, has been appointed as an editorial member of the Press Complaints Commission. He replaces Anthony Longden who stood down at the end of September.

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 drawn from the regional press with others coming 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 the further 10 members - a clear majority - are representatives of the public.

In welcoming Bob Crawley to his new role, Lord Hunt of Wirral, Chairman of the PCC said:

‘I am delighted that Bob has agreed to serve as a Commissioner. It is especially important in these changing times that the voice of our regional media is fully represented on the Commission.'



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. Bob Crawley is currently Publishing Director of Archant Anglia, where his duties include being responsible for editorial content in all newspaper titles including, the UK's biggest-selling regional newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press. He is former editor of The Peterborough Standard, The Hunts Post, Melton Times and Peterborough Evening Telegraph. He joined Archant in 1996 as editor of the Norwich Evening News. During the past 16 years he has held a number of senior editorial and management positions, including MD of Archant's client publishing division, Archant Dialogue, at one stage ran half its specialist magazines business (Archant Specialist) and was Editorial Director for Archant London. He also led the team that in 2001 launched Archant's first websites and the, which today remain two of the company's most successful news websites.

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


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