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PCC to regulate UK bloggers?

Posted by Ian Burrell
  • Monday, 16 November 2009 at 12:21 pm
Baroness Buscombe, the new chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, has ambitions for her organisation that go beyond the traditional newspaper companies.

She wants to examine the possibility that the PCC's role should be extended to cover the blogosphere, which is becoming an increasing source of breaking news and boasts some of the media's highest-profile commentators, such as the political bloggers Iain Dale and Guido Fawkes. Do readers of such sites, and people mentioned on them, deserve the same rights of redress that the PCC offers in respect of newspapers and their sites?

"Some of the bloggers are now creating their own ecosystems which are quite sophisticated," Baroness Buscombe told me. "Is the reader of those blogs assuming that it's news, and is [the blogosphere] the new newspapers? It's a very interesting area and quite challenging."

She said that after a review of the governance structures of the PCC, she would want the organisation to "consider" whether it should seek to extend its remit to the blogosphere, a process that would involve discussion with the press industry, the public and bloggers (who would presumably have to volunteer to come beneath the PCC's umbrella).

The PCC regulates the press online as well as in print, and its remit also extends to the Sun's radio operation, SunTalk.

Blogging, with its tradition of being free and unregulated, sees itself as very different. But is it really?

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cogitodexter wrote:
Monday, 16 November 2009 at 04:32 pm (UTC)
I would submit that the PCC as it exists now stands about as much chance of regulating blogs as the Post Office did in its vaguely pathetic desire to regulate (and tax) email in the late 1990s.

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Re: Blog regulation
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Wednesday, 6 January 2010 at 01:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, sorry, but i cant see this happening.
Re: Blog regulation - vb6main - Friday, 31 December 2010 at 08:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Blog regulation - tendai2012 - Monday, 17 January 2011 at 11:26 pm (UTC)
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Monday, 16 November 2009 at 05:01 pm (UTC)
Cyberspace has an anonymity, which lends itself both to crusading blogs and mentally ill trolls.
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Re: West Riding. - goelitus123 - Friday, 19 November 2010 at 11:05 am (UTC)
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petergrimes wrote:
Monday, 16 November 2009 at 07:30 pm (UTC)
"The PCC regulates the press online as well as in print, and its remit also extends to the Sun's radio operation, SunTalk.
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Perhaps the PCC should rather make a start on effective regulation of the press by requiring 'journalists' who get their exclusives/copy faxed to them direct from No10 to own up to the source of the propaganda in their journals.
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britmex wrote:
Monday, 16 November 2009 at 10:26 pm (UTC)
I am British, but live in Latin America. My blog is hosted in the USA and I use it to comment mainly on British politics. Who, pray, is going to regulate my work?

Politicians just do not get it - it's called the World Wide Web for a reason.

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Re: Blog Regulation
mattwardman wrote:
Tuesday, 17 November 2009 at 11:17 am (UTC)
>"Some of the bloggers are now creating their own ecosystems which are quite sophisticated," Baroness Buscombe told me.

And ... ?

>"Is the reader of those blogs assuming that it's news, and is [the blogosphere] the new newspapers?

That depends whether the reader is silly or not, in evaluating the nature of a "blog".

Some are pure news, others not. The mistake is in attempting to invent a uniform category of "blog".

I'd also seriously suggest that any readers assuming that newspapers are just "news" are also silly - the news/comment division in UK newspapers went decades ago.
Re: Blog Regulation - goelitus123 - Monday, 22 November 2010 at 12:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Blog Regulation - James Nelmondo - Wednesday, 1 December 2010 at 10:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Blog Regulation - vb6main - Friday, 31 December 2010 at 08:50 pm (UTC)
Don't kill off real debate
red_planet92 wrote:
Tuesday, 24 November 2009 at 06:39 am (UTC)
Would a "regulated blog" be worth reading? Must we regulate everything into blandness and McStupidity? If this happens the real debate will just move on elsewhere.
Re: Don't kill off real debate
red_planet92 wrote:
Tuesday, 24 November 2009 at 06:48 am (UTC)
The good Baroness seems to assume that people trust newspapers and she now fears that they might carry that trust on to blogs.

What world does she live in? Thinking people gave up blindly trusting the MSM long, long ago. Could she be looking to extend her new quango empire? Wasn't it Murdoch that said there were "only 5 major news organisations in the world, soon to be 3"?? Frightening. Leave blogs alone.


Re: Don't kill off real debate - goelitus123 - Tuesday, 30 November 2010 at 10:04 am (UTC)
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