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Mark Thompson launches defence of the PCC

The director general of the BBC speaks out in defence of the current system of press regulation.

BBC director general Mark Thompson has come to the defence of the Press Complaints Commission - arguing that the current system of press regulation should not be "dismissed out of hand".

Giving a speech to the International Press Institute conference in Taiwan, Thompson warned against the creation of a single regulator covering all news outlets and said he was "sceptical of the view that newspapers should be regulated in the same way as broadcasters like the BBC who reach into every household in the land."

He said: "Plurality of regulation is a good thing. One of the safeguards that broadcasters in the UK have is the presence of a far less regulated press which can draw attention to any attempt by the authorities or anyone else to misuse their powers when it comes to broadcasting."

Read more at the Press Gazette.