Friday 29 July 2011

Head of press watchdog is next to resign over hacking

THE phone-hacking scandal claimed yet another high-profile scalp yesterday when Baroness Buscombe announced she is to quit as chairman of the Press Complaints Commission (PCC).
The Conservative peer will step down from her role following widespread criticism of the watchdog for mishandling the scandal.

Lady Buscombe will relinquish her post once a replacement is found, making her the latest in a succession of well-known figures who have become casualties of the controversy.

So far the scandal has led to the departure of several executives in the Murdoch empire, including Rebekah Brooks, senior Met Police officers and the closure of the UK's biggest selling newspaper the News of the World.

Yesterday it was announced that Lady Buscombe, who receives a six figure salary per year for working a three-day week, would not continue beyond her three-year term of office, which began in April 2009.

Lady Buscombe's tenure has been marred by criticism that she has failed to deal convincingly with the phone-hacking allegations at the News of the World, an impression that was backed up by a recent unconvincing performance when she was interviewed by Andrew Neil on the BBC's Daily Politics Show.