Two thousand editors 'will back watchdog'

Around 2,000 editors will sign up to a new independent press watchdog, the chairman of the soon-to-be-scrapped Press Complaints Commission has insisted.

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

But he wants five-year rolling contracts to ensure publications could not "walk away" from a new regime.

He told the Murnaghan show on Sky News: "I have spoken to 120 publishers speaking on behalf of 2,000 editors. They have all told me they will sign up."