Derby journalism lecturer joins board of new press regulator

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Date posted: 29 May 2014

A senior lecturer in journalism at the University of Derby is joining the board of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO).

Keith Perch has almost 30 years' experience working in regional newspapers across the country as an editor and reporter. Alongside his role at the University, Keith also currently works as a media consultant.

IPSO is the new self-regulatory body for the magazine and newspaper industries in the United Kingdom, replacing the Press Complaints Commission. It has been established following the recommendations in the Leveson Report published in November 2012, and formally begins its duties in September this year.

Speaking about his appointment, Keith said: "I am honoured, if a little daunted, to be asked to be involved at such a crucially important time for press regulation."

The new chair of the IPSO board, appeal court judge Sir Alan Moses, said: "I am delighted to have the chance to work with such a talented group of independent-minded people, committed to provide rigorous and strong regulation.

"This will be a new era of self-regulation of our newspapers, ready to provide the independent regulation to which the public is entitled."

The 12-strong Board includes people from business, diplomacy, consumer rights, the pensions sector, academia, the voluntary sector and the publishing and newspaper industries. Experience is drawn from across the United Kingdom.

The initial important tasks for the Board will be to appoint the IPSO Complaints Committee, a Chief Executive and consider how best to create an arbitration service. Until IPSO officially starts work as the regulator, the Press Complaints Commission will continue with its existing functions and responsibilities.

For further press information please contact Alice Oliver, University of Derby Head of News, on 01332 592032 or email:

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