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Miller's aide 'flagged up' press regulation role to paper

Culture Secretary Maria Miller, pictured in January Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Daily Telegraph has published a recording of a phone conversation between the Culture Secretary's adviser and one of its reporters investigating her expense claims in 2012, in which the aide "flagged up" her boss' role in the future of press regulation.

The paper has previously reported details of their conversation.

The Sun ‘to start charging for online content’

The Sun looks set to follow in the footsteps of The Times. Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

The Sun could be set to follow the lead of other UK newspapers in charging readers to view online content.

The Telegraph revealed today it would be charging readers for online access and, according to the Guardian, The Sun is set to follow suit.

Fellow News International publications The Times and Sunday Times introduced a paywall in July 2010.

Telegraph: Deal 'detail deserves careful consideration'

The Daily Telegraph has said the cross-party deal on press regulation "deserves careful consideration."

In its leader column to be published in tomorrow's paper, it says:

The near unanimity in Parliament yesterday in support of the new approach was a powerful indication of how far the press needs to move in order to restore faith in its regulatory structure.

The three party leaders urged the newspaper industry to endorse the new dispensation as quickly as possible. However, after 318 years of a free press, its detail deserves careful consideration.

It also says that the Prime Minister should admit the plans do involve legislation:

So for all Mr Cameron’s protestations, the distinction between his proposed regime and statutory regulation is a semantic one.

As Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, observed, the solution involves a mixture of Royal Charter and statute.


Cameron gives Miller 'full support' over expenses

David Cameron has given his backing to Culture Secretary Maria Miller amid questions over her expenses.

"Maria Miller does an absolutely excellent job and she has my full support," the Prime Minister told reporters as he arrived at the EU Summit in Brussels.

"A newspaper has asked her a number of questions and as far as I can see she has excellent answers to all those questions," he added.

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