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06:32

British press is too diverse to be pinned down by a powerful regulator

Guardian :: If you really want to trace the cracks that afflicted the Press Complaints Commission, or PCC, or the old Press Council, however, you need to know what's wrong at the core. And the truth is that the mountains of newsprint we buy every day are fatally disparate. Local papers, watching the pennies and morosely certain that pounds don't look after themselves, have very little that binds them to the Sun or the Mirror.

[Peter Preston:] One problem has plagued attempts to build resilient press self-regulation over the years. It is that "the press", as an industry concept, doesn't really exist.

An opinion piece by Peter Preston, www.guardian.co.uk

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