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UK: Regulatory Authorities

Press Complains Commission (PCC)

The PCC is an independent self-regulatory body which deals with complaints about the editorial content of newspapers and magazines (and their websites). The PCC trains journalists and editors, and works pro-actively behind the scenes to prevent harassment and media intrusion. They provide pre-publication advice to journalists and the public and have published advice on dealing with media attention after a death.

In November 2012, Lord Hunt, Chair of the PCC, responded to the publication of Lord Justice Leveson’s Report. He reiterated a commitment to moving forward as swiftly as possible to a new regulatory body. Lord Hunt is working with the industry to set up the new organisation in accordance with those agreed objectives, and is keeping Government and Parliament informed of progress.

Press Complaints Commission
Halton House, 20/23 Holborn, London EC1N 2JD
Helpline: 0845 600 2757
Scottish Helpline: 0131 220 6652
Welsh Helpline: 029 2039 5570
24 Hour emergency advice line: 07659 152656
Switchboard: 020 7831 0022
Textphone: 020 7831 0123
Fax: 020 7831 0025
E-mail: complaints@pcc.org.uk
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ukpcc

Ofcom

Ofcom is the communications regulator in the UK. They regulate the TV and radio sectors, fixed line telecoms, mobiles, postal services, plus the airwaves over which wireless devices operate.

Ofcom ensures people in the UK get the best from their communications services and are protected from scams and sharp practices, while ensuring that competition can thrive.

Ofcom operates under the Communications Act 2003. This detailed Act of Parliament spells out exactly what Ofcom should do – they can do no more or no less than is spelt out in the Act. Accountable to Parliament, Ofcom is involved in advising and setting some of the more technical aspects of regulation, implementing and enforcing the law.

Ofcom is funded by fees from industry for regulating broadcasting and communications networks, and grant-in-aid from the Government.

Ofcom
Riverside House
2a Southwark Bridge Road
London SE1 9HA
Tel: 0300 123 3333
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ofcom
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ofcom

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The research leading to this website has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement No. 244147.