PCC chair called to resign after misleading remarks

The chair of the Press Complaints Commission is facing calls to hand in her resignation, after she was forced to apologise for misleading remarks over the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.

Lady Buscombe, who chairs the organisation that oversees the newspaper industry’s editorial code, made comments that suggested a lawyer involved in the affair had misled the investigation.

It’s the first time a libel action has been successfully brought against the press watchdog, which has had to pay costs and damages to the injured party, Mark Lewis. But the PCC, which is used to its fair share of criticism, is now under more pressure than usual. Former deputy prime minister John Prescott – who is in the process of suing Scotland Yard for a breach of human rights over the phone hacking affair – claimed “the public has rightly lost all confidence in the PCC”.

He added: “The chair of a body that is supposed to enforce newspaper accuracy has had to apologise to the high court and settle a libel action prompted by her own misleading comments.”

(Source: MediaGuardian)

This article appears in issue 263 of Media Digest.

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