When Harry Potter author JK Rowling gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry into UK media ethics last November, she called the Press Complaints Commission “toothless.” Now, the British newspaper watchdog is to be formally defanged as it moves to shut down. The org has faced continuing criticism over the past several months, largely for what many consider an inadequate investigation into the phone-hacking scandal at the now-defunct News Of The World. The PCC has handled complaints about the editorial content of newspapers and magazines in the UK for 21 years, but will quickly wind down operations with a transitional body overseeing press regulation until a new system is established. More details are expected to emerge in the next six weeks. When the decision was made in principle to shutter the PCC last month, chairman Lord Hunt said, “We’re very much now on the front foot and listening to all sides and determined to bring forward the sort of independent self-regulatory structure that everyone will approve of.”
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