Majority of Papers Reject Royal Charter

The majority of the newspaper industry has rejected the Royal Charter. They will submit their own rival version to the Queen. Full details from the World at One:

  • All national papers except Indy and Guardian have signed up to alternate charter free from political interference, but Indy and Guardian editors think this is a good idea “to get the ball rolling” and “reopen” the conversation.
  • Principle of Royal Charter accepted, but on own terms.
  • Fines up to £1 million for systematic wrongdoing.
  • Full and prominent corrections.
  • Open and transparent appointment of members to independent overseeing board.
  • Public involvement in code of practice.

Evan Harris isn’t going to be happy…


The Editors of the Times and Sunday Times, as well as the the Managing Editor and CEO of News International have all put out video statements explaining the new plan. Here.

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Dominic Raab wrote in his letter of resignation…

“This is, at its heart, a matter of public trust,” he told the PM, concluding: “I cannot reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country in our manifesto at the last election… I believe that the regulatory regime proposed for Northern Ireland presents a very real threat to the integrity of the United Kingdom. I cannot support an indefinite backstop arrangement, where the EU holds a veto over our ability to exit…”


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