I’ve contacted the Media Standards Trust, who have been asking for suggestions on the reform of media regulation*. As it stands, I don’t believe the PCC is effective as a regulator and I think changes are needed.
Here’s my email:
I read recently that the Media Standards Trust are inviting comment on reform of the PCC. I have read various suggestions recently (and thought of a few myself) and list a few of these below:
Firstly, I think there is an argument that self-regulation isn’t working and that in the future the press could be more effectively regulated by a body made up of members of the public as well as those working in the trade.
Secondly, I agree with the following suggestions made by Martin Belam on his website:
End the requirement for personal involvement; end the requirement for a hard copy; update the code to reflect the reality of online; insist corrections be reported online by newspapers; hold monthly meetings in public; publish data – http://www.currybet.net/cbet_blog/2009/02/pcc_debate.php
Another idea I am in favour of is the idea of the regulatory body to have the power to recompense individuals/groups affected by the inaccurate, distorted, and/or misleading stories that currently pervade the mainstream media.
Two further ideas I have seen recently: 1. Class any newspaper that prints upskirt shots of low-rent celebrities as pornography, tax it accordingly and have it moved to the top shelf. 2. Remove the zero rating on vat for papers which print misinformation that endangers public health (e.g. the MMR debacle). The ‘no tax on knowledge’ line shouldn’t apply when the newspapers are printing untruths.
Some of these ideas were nicked from people on the internets. TomP and Martin Belam are two I stole from.
- The mediastandardstrust.org website has details of the review here.