PCC to regulate newspaper AV content

Journalism.co.uk reports that the Press Complaints Commision (PCC) is to extend its regulation of UK newspaper content to include AV content published on newspaper sites.

The PCC already regulates online editions of UK newspapers and an announcement about the extension of the commission is expected in the next few weeks.

The news came during an interview with Andrew Neil on the BBC News’ Hard Talk programme.

Andrew Neil then asked: “But they’ll be bound by the same sort of rules as they are in the papers we pick up in the morning…”

Sir Christopher Meyer replied: “Exactly the same kind of rules. Now, we are going to make an announcement, I hope, pretty soon in the next few weeks about exactly what that entails – there are some definitions to be sorted out – but it’s a major step forward, and it’s the first time, I think, that newspapers have voluntarily agreed without outside pressure to extend the remit of regulation through the PCC.”

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