Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Hislop to address Leveson Inquiry

Private Eye editor and TV personality Ian Hislop will be among those giving evidence to the Leveson Inquiry next week

Private Eye editor Ian Hislop is to put forward his ideas for the future of press regulation when he gives evidence to the Leveson Inquiry next week.

He joins a series of national and regional newspaper editors appearing before the inquiry, including Alan Rusbridger of the Guardian, James Harding of the Times and Richard Wallace of the Daily Mirror.

Leading industry figures Tom Mockridge, who took over as chief executive of News International from Rebekah Brooks last July, and Sly Bailey, chief executive of Trinity Mirror, will also provide testimony.

The press standards inquiry will receive evidence on Monday from executives at Trinity Mirror, which publishes five national newspapers, including two Scottish titles, and more than 160 regional papers.

The company's witnesses will include Mr Wallace, Sunday Mirror editor Tina Weaver and People editor Lloyd Embley.

Mr Hislop, who is also a panellist on the BBC comedy quiz show Have I Got News For You, will appear on Tuesday. He is likely to be asked about how Private Eye, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, deals with complaints given that it does not sign up to industry regulator the Press Complaints Commission.

The fortnightly satirical magazine has taken a close interest in the Leveson Inquiry and how it has been reported in national newspapers. Lord Justice Leveson said on Monday that he was "aware" of Private Eye's coverage of his hearings.

He added: "I am not concerned about any criticism that might be made either of the inquiry or of me. That is the critical and all-important virtue of free speech and a free press."

Other evidence on Tuesday will come from Mr Harding, Mr Mockridge, Sunday Times editor John Witherow, Mr Rusbridger and the Guardian's readers' editor Chris Elliott.

On Wednesday the inquiry will hear from three editors of celebrity magazines: Hello!'s Rosie Nixon, OK!'s Lisa Byrne and Heat's Lucie Cave.

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