Press Complaints Commission fights back against critics
Among my picks of Monday's main media stories are claims that the system of press self-regulation has advantages over the current legal confusion over privacy.
The Press Complaints Commission is fighting back against its critics, writes Roy Greenslade in the Guardian. It comes as the PCC's director Stephen Abell gives his first interview. After taking flak for its handling of the News of the World phone-hacking affair, the industry's self-regulatory body last week censured the Daily Telegraph for its undercover recording of Vince Cable, "confounding those who say it is a watchdog without teeth" says Greenslade.
In the recent debate about gagging orders and privacy, the watchdog's supporters are promoting it as a middle way, between legislation and "law effectively being made by judges". The director of Index on Censorship John Kampfner adds in the Guardian that he thinks it's time for an independent review on privacy.
Jeremy Clarkson admitted ''I am not a saint'' in his Sunday newspaper column, as he spoke out in favour of super-injunctions for celebrities, reports the Daily Telegraph. It says the Top Gear presenter was forced to deny he had split from his wife of 18 years, after also writing "in a sombre column in a daily tabloid" about moving into an unfurnished flat in central London.
The Daily Mail calls the Eurovision Song Contest audience of 12.7million on BBC1 "astonishing". It's thought to be the contest's biggest UK audience in more than a decade, fuelled by massive interest in X Factor act Jedward and boy band Blue. On ITV1 Britain's Got Talent could only muster 9.1million at its peak. 30-year-old mother-of-two Nigar Jamal, who lives in London, and her singing partner Eldar Gasimov win the contest for Azerbaijan with a ballad called Running Scared.
Sienna Miller declared victory in her phone-hacking damages claim against the News of the World after she accepted a £100,000 pay-out, reports Saturday's Independent. She also received an admission that NOTW had used information from her voicemails to publish articles on her relationship with actor Jude Law.
The Metropolitan police have been accused of misleading the high court, parliament and the public over the News of the World phone-hacking scandal. The Guardian says evidence emerged at a hearing in which Lord Prescott, the former Europe minister Chris Bryant and the Met's former deputy assistant commissioner Brian Paddick sought permission for a judicial review of police handling of the affair.
The royal wedding gave UK national newspapers a boost in circulation for April, with six titles recording sales increases, says the Guardian. The mid-market titles saw the largest month-on-month increases, with the Daily Mail recording a 2.97% circulation increase, to 2,100,3000, and the Daily Express rising 2.41% to 635,576. The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mirror, Guardian and Times also saw month-on-month sales increases.
But Media Week has a gloomier interpretation of the newspaper sales figures. It says the Daily Mail was the only daily title to avoid a year-on-year circulation drop in the April newspaper ABCs, as the market fell 4% despite the potential circulation boost of the Royal Wedding.
The New York arrest of IMF chief Dominque Strauss-Kahn on sex assault charges is explored in most newspapers, as reported in the BBC's newspapers review.