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Journalism: Regulation

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 23 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his policy is on the harmonisation of regulations affecting newspaper and broadcast reporting; and if he will make a statement. (201373)

News and current affairs regulation in broadcasting is covered by the statutory Ofcom Broadcasting Code and the BBC Editorial Guidelines.

There are no statutory regulations affecting newspaper reporting. The press is self-regulating through the Press Complaints Commission (PCC). The PCC and the broadcasting regulators do seek to work together where appropriate. An example of this is the agreement in 2004 between Ofcom and the PCC to support a voluntary ban of “media scrums”, when media representatives congregate in large numbers to cover a news story.

At present the Government have no plans for the harmonisation of regulations affecting newspaper and broadcast reporting.