Aug 22, 2014

Press Council chair recuses himself from News Corp adjudications

Press Council chair Julian Disney will no longer adjudicate complaints involving News Corp, after a campaign against him.

Myriam Robin — Media Reporter

Myriam Robin

Media Reporter

Press Council chair Julian Disney has recused himself from hearing adjudications involving News Corp, after two News Corp papers wrote to the Press Council asked him to do so on two adjudications.

However, Disney has decided to abdicate from all future News Corp cases, a fact revealed in a statement by the Press Council’s executive director John Pender. Issued late this afternoon, the statement claims that the Press Council has sought the advice of John Doyle QC, the council’s vice chair, about whether there was a need for Disney to recuse himself following criticisms of his neutrality.

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