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Piers Morgan describes Royal Charter as 'a farce'

The former newspaper editor said the matter should be 'resolved in a more sensible manner, with a bit of leeway on both sides' Credit: Lionel Hahn/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

Former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan has described the new Royal Charter on press regulation as "a complete and utter farce," saying he believes it will make "absolutely no difference."

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We are apparently heading down this extraordinary route where politicians are going to be dictating - along with Hugh Grant and Steve Coogan, those great moral bastions from the world of entertainment - what newspapers can and can't print.

"I would point out that Britain has some of the most draconian laws, both civil and criminal, against newspapers, journalists and editors anywhere in the world. The idea you now need more is ridiculous."

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Daily Mail condemns 'judicial farce' over Charter

The Daily Mail has condemned the latest developments on press regulation as a "judicial farce".

In a leader article the newspaper said:

So much for the home of justice, transparency and due process of law.

With the press overwhelmingly opposed to recognising the new regulator, who knows that will happen next?

All that's certain is that yesterday's judicial farce (which many will be forgiven for thinking was an establishment stitch-up) has deeply worrying implications for free expression and democracy.

The Times 'will press ahead' with Royal Charter appeal

The Times said the argument over the Royal Charter will now be taken to the Court of Appeal following the "shambles to which the regulation of the British press descended".

The newspaper said in a leader article (£): "Now all British national and regional publishers will press ahead with setting up their own regulator and will not seek recognition from this flawed Royal Charter.

Newspaper publishers have vowed to fight the Royal Charter on press regulation. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

"There is now the prospect that press regulation will become a Mexican stand-off in which no authority is recognised.

"Or that two parallel systems will run, one with the imprimatur of the Royal Charter and one without.

"Either way, it is a mess entirely of the making of a political class that seeks control of an unruly press."

'Zero chance' Telegraph will sign up to Royal Charter

The editor of the Daily Telegraph, Tony Gallagher, expressed his dismay with the government going ahead and getting the Queen to grant a Royal Charter for press regulation.

Writing on Twitter, he said there was "zero" chance his newspaper would be signing up.

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Nick Clegg attends Privy Council at Buckingham Palace

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's car entering Buckingham Palace Credit: ITV news

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg attended a special Privy Council meeting inside Buckingham Palace this evening to get royal assent for the Royal Charter for press regulation.

DCMS: Privy Council has granted press Royal Charter

Acting on the advice of the Government, the Privy Council has granted the Cross Party Royal Charter.

Both the industry and the Government agree independent self-regulation of the press is the way forward and that a Royal Charter is the best framework. The question that remains is how it will work in practice; we will continue to work with the Industry, as we always have.

A Royal Charter will protect freedom of the press whilst offering real redress when mistakes are made. Importantly, it is the best way of resisting full statutory regulation that others have tried to impose.

– A spokesman for the department of Culture, Media and Sport

Political parties make further changes to Royal Charter

Further changes have been made to the royal charter on press regulation agreed between the main three political parties, including a measure aimed at limiting Parliament's ability to alter it in the future.

A government source said the changes were designed to address press concerns about political meddling.

  • Under the new version, any change will require a two-thirds majority in each of the Houses of Parliament, as well as the unanimous agreement of the board of the recognition panel

The source said the recognition panel will have industry representation on it, though it will exclude serving and former editors.

Now not only do you need a two-thirds majority of both Houses, you also need the agreement of the recognition panel.

This is an independent body appointed by the Public Appointments Commission, which will have industry representation on it.

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