Steve Coogan arrives at the Leveson Inquiry
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Steve Coogan: press regulation deal is a 'solid first step'

Comedian Steve Coogan has welcomed a deal to create a new press watchdog as a 'solid first step'.

MPs have approved plans for a new regulator in the wake of the phone hacking scandal and the Leveson inquiry.

The compromise involves setting up an independent "watchdog" under a Royal Charter which would have the power to fine newspapers with "prominent" apologies and corrections if they make mistakes.

Mr Coogan has been campaigning for press regulation since his phone was hacked - speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, he described the deal as "standing up to the school bullies".

  • 19 Mar 2013
  • From the section UK
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