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Wanted: a coherent job description from the PCC

The Press Complaints Commission is advertising for a new boss at a time when its own future is hardly set in stone

There are horses and there are carts… and there is an ad seeking a new chair for the Press Complaints Commission during a time of “regeneration and renewal”. Central to the success of any candidate “will be an ability to think strategically about how the commission should develop to take account of public, parliamentary and judicial concern about the efficacy of self-regulation, and to carry the industry with him or her during a period of change”.

In short, if you want the job, you’ll need to define it and carry Lord Justice Leveson, David Cameron, Paul Dacre, John Whittingdale and a cast of thousands along with you. Somehow you can’t help thinking that the people who run and pay for the PCC need to get a few things of their own in place first.

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