The Independent reported yesterday that the UK Press Complaints Commission, which has come under heavy criticism for its failure to curb phone hacking at the News of the World, is due to close down in the near future, and replace itself with a new regulator.
The paper writes that the PCC will close “in a fast-tracked programme that will kill off the name of the PCC, abandon its current structures and governance, and establish a new regulatory body”. It states that the new regulator will be established before the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics delivers its report at the end of the year.
The Independent writes that the PCC’s closure was discussed at a full meeting of the commission, headed by its chairman Lord Hunt.
The paper reports that a timetable for the commission’s closure, as well as suggestions of names for a body that will replace it, will be released when the minutes of the PPC meeting are published.