Culture, Media and Sport Committee

27 February 2007, Session 2006-07

Oral evidence session:

Self-regulation of the Press

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee announced on 6 February 2007 an inquiry into self-regulation of the press and the efficacy of the Press Complaints Commission Code of Practice, with particular reference to the recent case of illegal access to voicemail messages, the trade in personal data identified in recent reports by the Information Commissioner, and the treatment of public figures by photographers working on behalf of the press.  The Committee are particularly interested in the following:

• Whether self-regulation by the press continues to offer sufficient protection against unwarranted invasions of privacy;

• If the public and Parliament are to continue to rely upon self-regulation, whether the Press Complaints Commission Code of Practice needs to be amended;

• Whether existing law on unauthorised disclosure of personal information should be strengthened; and

• What form of regulation, if any, should apply to online news provision by newspapers and others.

The Committee will hold the oral evidence session at the House of Commons in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House on Tuesday 6 March at 10.00am.

The witnesses will be:

At 10.00am

The MediaWise Trust

The National Union of Journalists

At 10.30am

Mr Richard Thomas, Information Commissioner

At 11.00am

Mr Les Hinton, Executive Chairman, News International, and Chairman of the Editors’ Code of Practice Committee

Mr Arthur Edwards MBE, Royal photographer, The Sun

Mr Paul Horrocks, Editor, Manchester Evening News, and President, Society of Editors

Mr Bob Satchwell, Director, Society of Editors

At 11.30am

Mr  Eugene Duffy, Group Managing Editor, MGN Ltd

Mr Robin Esser, Executive Managing Editor, Daily Mail

At 12.00pm

Sir Christopher Meyer KCMG, Chairman, Press Complaints Commission

Mr Tim Toulmin, Director, Press Complaints Commission