Wholesale review of PCC is announced

Press Complaints Commission chairman Peta Buscombe has announced a wholesale review of the way the organisation is run.

Vivien Hepworth, who has been a lay member of the PCC since 2001, will lead the review which will look at the operation of the PCC board, sub-committees and secretariat; how transparency in the system can be enhanced; whether accountability can be improved and also the PCC’s Articles of Association.

Buscombe said: “I have been impressed by many aspects of the PCC’s work since I took over as chairman – not least, the extent to which it works hard behind the scenes to minimise intrusion and resolve complaints quickly and amicably.

“However, there has not been an independent review of the PCC’s governance since it was created in 1991, and I think it is important periodically to reflect on the way an organisation works to make sure we have taken account of good practice elsewhere and wider public expectations.

“The review group will also want to consider the findings of the Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport when it completes its report later this summer on press standards, privacy and libel.”

Hepworth is executive chairman of Grayling in the UK and Brussels and is a former chairman of Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Hospital Trust.

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