Leveson: Editors in crunch talks

Newspaper editors will hold crunch talks today after David Cameron warned that "the clock is ticking" to avoid regulation backed by law.

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Leveson principles can be met 'more quickly' without laws

Lloyd Embley, editor-in-chief of the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and The People, has tweeted:

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Telegraph editor: No 10 editors meeting like The Godfather

The Daily Telegraph editor Tony Gallagher has tweeted about the meeting with David Cameron over the Leveson recommendations:

"Beer and sandwiches" is a reference to the refreshments served to union leaders at Number 10 in the 70s.

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PCC: 2,000 editors 'will back independent press watchdog'

On Sunday, the chairman of the soon-to-be-scrapped Press Complaints Commission said about 2,000 editors will sign up to a new independent press watchdog,

Lord Hunt, who will take part in the talks between the Prime Minister and Fleet Street, dismissed claims legislation was required to persuade publishers to join a tougher regulatory system.

Press Complaints Commission chairman Lord Hunt Credit: PA Wire

He also called for five-year rolling contracts to ensure publications could not "walk away" from a new regime.

Speaking to Sky News' Murnaghan programme on Sunday, he said:

" I have spoken to 120publishers speaking on behalf of 2,000 editors. They have all told me they will sign up".

Recap: Leveson recommendations for press regulation

Some of the key recommendations of Lord Justice Leveson's report for the newspaper industry were as follows:

  • A genuinely independent and effective system of self-regulation is needed.
  • He proposed a self-regulatory body that can investigate complaints and fine newspapers up to a million pounds. He wants its Chair and other members of it to be independent.
  • Lord Justice Leveson also proposed a "legislative underpinning" to ensure its effectiveness and independence.
  • The report also calls for the broadcasting regulator Ofcom to "recognise and certify" that the new press regulator meets the requirements of the legislation.

Culture Secretary: 'The status quo is not an option'

On Monday, during a House of Commons debate on the publication of the Leveson report, the Culture Secretary, Maria Miller, told MPs "the status quo is not an option".

She warned that the Government is ready to use legislation to enforce effective regulation of the press if the industry fails to set up a robust and independent self-regulatory body as recommended by Lord Justice Leveson.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller during the MPs debate on the publication of the Leveson Inquiry into press standards. Credit: PA/PA Wire

Mrs Miller said: "The Prime Minister is clear - we will see change. That change can either come with the support of the press or - if we are given no option - without it. Be in no doubt that if the industry doesn't respond, the Government will."

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