The media landscape in 2014

By Lorna Caddy and Adam Rendle

Last year saw the beginning of the phone-hacking trial of former News of the World journalists accused of conspiring to hack mobile phones. The trial is set to go well into 2014. All of the eight defendants deny all of the charges. The nature of the evidence and the outcome are likely to colour the public’s perception of the press, and also their assessment of whatever regulatory measures are agreed for regulation of the press.

Following the Leveson Report (published more than a year ago now) and much wrangling, the Privy Council granted a new cross-party royal charter on press regulation in October 2013. In the meantime, the press industry has been working hard to design its own framework, establishing the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). It bills itself as ‘the new, tough, independent organisation being established to regulate the UK’s newspapers and magazines’.

In October 2013, the IPSO unveiled its final plans, which would give its regulator powers of investigation, enforcement and sanction. For example, under the plans, the IPSO would have the power to impose fines of up to £1m. The IPSO hopes to begin work early in 2014 and is working hard to encourage publishers to sign up to its framework…

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