Walter Merricks (Chairman)
83 Victoria Street
Tel: +44 20 3585 4160
The IMPRESS Standards code: http://www.impress.press/standards/impress-standards-code.html
A society which can expect decent standards from its press. Where publishers have the freedom to report stories in the public interest without fear of retribution from those with more political or financial power. Where people who are harmed by the press can get redress without the risk of huge legal costs. And where truly independent press regulation – without influence from government or business – can build a sense of trust between the public and the press.
What do we do
We are blazing a trail for a fairer, better kind of press regulation. We award a trusted journalism mark to news publishers who meet our standards. We give these publishers the freedom to report hard-hitting stories, and ensure they behave fairly if complaints are made against them. We have the power to decide on complaints which publishers cannot resolve.
Ofcom: Broadcast Regulator
Dame Patricia Hodgson (Chairman)
The Baroness Noakes DBE (Deputy Chair)
Ofcom Riverside House
2a Southwark Bridge Road
London SE1 9HA
Tel: (+44) 0300 123 3333
Ofcom is the communications regulator in the UK.
We regulate the TV, radio and video on demand sectors, fixed line telecoms, mobiles, postal services, plus the airwaves over which wireless devices operate.
We make sure that 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 a number of Acts of Parliament, including in particular the Communications Act 2003. Ofcom must act within the powers and duties set for it by Parliament in legislation.
The Communications Act says that Ofcom’s principal duty is to further the interests of citizens and of consumers, where appropriate by promoting competition. Meeting this duty is at the heart of everything we do.
Accountable to Parliament, we set and enforce regulatory rules for the sectors for which we have responsibility. We also have powers to enforce competition law in those sectors, alongside the Competition and Markets Authority.
Ofcom is funded by fees from industry for regulating broadcasting and communications networks, and grant-in-aid from the Government.
Ofcom’s role includes securing:
- the optimal use for wireless telegraphy of the electro-magnetic spectrum;
- that a wide range of electronic communications services is available throughout the UK;
- that a wide range of TV and radio services of high quality and wide appeal are available throughout the UK;
- that sufficient plurality in the providers of different television and radio services is maintained;
- the application of standards that provide adequate protection for members of the public and others against offensive or harmful material in television and radio;
- the application of standards that provide adequate protection for members of the public and others against unfair treatment in television and radio programmes and unwarranted infringements of privacy resulting from activities carried on for the purposes of such television and radio services; and
- the application of standards that provide adequate protection for viewers of video on demand services from harmful content.
Independent Press Standards Organisation: Print Regulator
Sir Alan Moses (Chairman)
Anne Lapping (deputy chair)
1 Farringdon Street
London EC4M 7LG
Tel: (+44) 0300 123 2220
The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) is the independent regulator of the newspaper and magazine industry. We exist to promote and uphold the highest professional standards of journalism in the UK, and to support members of the public in seeking redress where they believe that the Editors' Code of Practice has been breached. We are able to consider concerns about editorial content in newspapers and magazines, and about the conduct of journalists.
We administer the Editors' Code of Practice and take active steps to ensure that publications adhere to it. The Editors' Code deals with issues such as accuracy, invasion of privacy, intrusion into grief or shock and harassment.
We handle complaints, and conduct our own investigations into editorial standards and compliance. We also undertake monitoring work, including by requiring publications to submit annual compliance reports. IPSO has the power, where necessary, to require the publication of prominent corrections and critical adjudications, and may ultimately fine publications in cases where failings are particularly serious and systemic.
IPSO is here to serve the public by holding publications to account for their actions. We will strive to protect individual rights, and by upholding high standards of professional conduct, will help maintain freedom of expression for the press.