The make-up of the panel of the Leveson inquiry, the public inquiry which will examine press standards, media regulations and the phone-hacking scandal, has come under criticism for lacking in tabloid and regional press representation.
In July prime minister David Cameron announced the line-up for the panel of experts who would assist with the public inquiry:
- civil liberties campaigner and director of Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti;
- former chief constable of the West Midlands, Sir Paul Scott-Lee;
- former chairman of Ofcom, Lord David Currie;
- former political editor of Channel 4 news, Elinor Goodman;
- former political editor of the Daily Telegraph, and former special correspondent of the press association, George Jones;
- former chairman of the Financial Times, Sir David Bell.
The Guardian reports that Associated Newspapers, publisher of the Daily Mail, as well as Trinity Mirror, the Newspaper Publishers’ Association and Guardian News & Media, raised some concerns about the panel during a hearing today (Wednesday, 28 September).
Leveson indicated that he would consider whether to appoint extra advisers in response to Associated’s complaint. The judge said that he would reserve his decision, noting that the “pressures on the Liverpool Echo will be different to the pressures affecting the Mirror and the Sun; different to the pressures affecting the Observer”.
Today the inquiry also announced the dates for two seminars in connection with the inquiry, to be held on 6 and 12 October, which will explore some of the key public policy issues raised by its terms of reference and to hear expert and public opinion on those. More details on content and participants will be announced on the inquiry website shortly.