"Reporter and newspaper Twitter feeds are expected to brought under the regulation of the Press Complaints Commission later this year, the first time the body has sought to consolidate social media messages under its remit."
Guardian leader: "Since the information commissioner first reported on the widespread use of private investigators by journalists in 2006, the only bodies to have made a determined effort to find out what was going on have been the information commissioner, the police and parliament. The PCC has repeatedly declined to make its own detailed inquiries, pleading that it is beyond its remit. Most neutral observers would conclude from this pattern of behaviour that the only effective scrutiny and regulation of the press currently comes from outside, which is a dangerous state of affairs. The PCC has just announced a governance review. Unless it proposes serious reforms, the cause of effective self-regulation will be unsustainable. That would be very troubling."
"My initial reaction is that [the report] will be pooh-poohed by the majority of the journalists - and by the PCC's members and staff - because it fails to take account of history, whether it be the history of the press or the history of self-regulation. However, it does raise several questions that we should not ignore. ..."
"'A More Accountable Press', a major review produced by the Media Standards Trust in consultation with a group made up of 12 leading figures from journalism and civil society, finds that the existing system of press self-regulation, as currently constituted, is unable to deal with the serious and growing threats to press standards and press freedom. "
"The system of newspaper self-regulation is unsustainable a high-profile panel will report on Monday. ... The independent experts, working with the Media Standards Trust, conclude that in an increasingly desperate financial atmosphere, standards of accuracy and responsibility are falling faster than ever and with them the respect of both public and government."
Incisive Media submission to the Treasury Committee's investigation on the role of the media in the banking crisis: "Who would [the government] rather became the trusted source of information on a crisis - Robert Peston or whizzyboy36 writing on a blog hosted on a web server in Uzbekistan?"
"With a new communications act still three years away, the rest of the media industry is watching intently. Trinity Mirror’s [Sly] Bailey said: 'Given [Google's] strengths and market-leading position, it is critical that they remain true to their corpor
Sir Christopher Meyer's comments on the PCC and online video: "the PCC’s concern was with, to put it in shorthand, editorial material not user-generated content. That, basically, is how it has come out in the PressBoF guidance note of February 8."
Ignore the non sequitur in the headline, this is actually a pretty interesting article: the Press Complaints Commission and Society of Editors say newspaper sites adhering to the PCC code offers a sort of kitemark for quality content online.
Gary Streeter MP proposes "a Bill to require media organisations to disclose certain information about any payments made by them to individuals for the contribution of those individuals to articles or broadcasts in which they are involved..."
PCC director Tim Toulmin: "the case for content regulation beyond the general law for citizen journalists has not been made out. ... The case for a form of non-statutory independent regulation for print and digital media ... is stronger than ever."
The London School of Economics's great new media policy and regulation blog looks at the implications of the Kate Middleton privacy debate for small web-only publishers. Would tighter regulation just move gossip online?