Paul Dacre to chair Editors' Code of Practice committee

Daily Mail editor and Associated Newspapers editor-in-chief Paul Dacre has been appointed chairman of the PCC‘s Editors’ Code of Practice Committee following the resignation of Les Hinton.

Hinton, who was formerly chairman of News International and chairman of the committee since 1999, resigned after being appointed chief executive of Dow Jones in New York.

The committee reviews and revises the code of standards which the Press Complaints Commission oversees.

Dacre said: ‘I am honoured to be asked to become chairman of the Code of Practice Committee.

“I am a passionate supporter of the principle of self-regulation, press freedom and a code which reflects both the concerns of newspapers and needs of the public which it serves.”

Code Committee secretary Ian Beales said: ‘The chairman’s role requires an eminent figure respected by the whole press industry – national, regional and magazines – and by Government and civil society.

“Paul Dacre was the unanimous choice. The committee is delighted that he has agreed to take it on.”

Dacre, who is required to withdraw his membership from the PCC, starts the new role in April.

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