Rusbridger resigns from PCC role

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger has resigned from the Press Complaints Commission‘s code committee.

His resignation came days after the press watchdog published a report last week into the News of the World phone-hacking affair.

The report found no evidence that the commission had be “materially misled” by the paper or that the practice was “ongoing”.

It also criticised the Guardian’s report that brought the hacking allegations back to public attention, leading MPs to accuse the PCC‘s of a “whitewash” and Rusbridger to say the report from the “weak” regulator was: “worse than pointless”.

Rusbridger said: “I have enjoyed being on the Code Committee, which does very useful work. I look forward to the results of the review of the PCC which Baroness Buscombe has announced. The PCC is a valuable mediator. It needs to ask itself whether, as presently constructed and funded, it is a very effective regulator.”

The PCC’s code committee oversees the voluntary code of practice to which editors adhere. It is made up of 13 newspapers and magazines editors and is chaired by the Daily Mail editor, Paul Dacre.

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