York Union event
It’s November 2012. The 2,000 page Leveson Report has just been published, bringing an end to an inquiry that has lasted over a year, cost £5.4 million, and called to witness four Prime Ministers, Rupert Murdoch, the parents of Madeleine McCann, the mother of Milly Dowler, as well as countless other celebrities, political figures, newspaper editors and proprietors. The phone hacking scandal has disgusted and outraged the public; politicians are distancing themselves from former friends and allies in the media. Change seems inevitable.
Set up in 2014, the Independent Press Standards Organisation claims to be an independent regulator of the newspaper and magazine industry. With the power to force newspapers to print prominent corrections and adjudications, it was seen by many as the impetus the industry needed to change for the better. Yet three years on perhaps it’s time to ask, what has really changed?
Are MPs right to be concerned that IPSO has never fined a newspaper? Has the behaviour of the Press improved since the phone hacking scandal? Will the ominous threat of punitive damages for papers that refuse to sign up to a government funded regulator become reality?
Matt Tee is IPSO’s Chief Executive, having previously held the roles of Permanent Secretary of Government Communications in the Cabinet Office and Chief Executive of NHS Direct. In his role as Chief Executive of IPSO he has had to manage newspaper boycotts, confront the fears and complaints of the public and carefully manage relationships within the media microcosm. Not an easy task.
Come to the York Union to hear an industry leader’s take on the regulation and operation of the UK Press.
To cover the expenses of hosting this event, we have a suggested donation of £2 from students and £4 from members of the public. The York Union is a strictly not-for-profit organisation run by a small group of volunteers.