Lawyer and Tory Peer named as next PCC chairman

The press watchdog gains a new face.

Former Conservative Cabinet Minister Lord Hunt has been named as the next chairman of the Press Complaints Commission.

Current PCC chair Peta Buscombe had been expected to complete her three-year-term as head of the press watchdog and step down in the New Year. But it was announced today that Lord Hunt will take up his new role as of Monday.

The PCC is currently under huge scrutiny with the whole system of press self regulation under review as a result of the phone-hacking scandal. The regulator is expected to be radically reformed, and may even be abolished and replaced with a new body, once the Leveson Inquiry has finished its deliberations.

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