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Desmond editorial chief hints at return to the PCC

Ashford describes Press Complaints Commission as "gentlemen's club".

Northern and Shell editorial director Paul Ashford has hinted that the rebel publisher could return to the Press Complaints Commission if the body was made more independent and less like an industry "gentlemen's club".

Ashford attended a seminar on the future of media regulation held at City University yesterday and spoke in depth about his company's decision to withdraw from the PCC last year publicly for the first time.

The unilateral withdrawal of the Express and Star titles, plus Northern and Shell's magazines, has been seen by some as a greater threat to the future of press self-regulation than the hacking scandal.

Read more at the Press Gazette.

Dominic Ponsford is editor of Press Gazette