The Commissioner for Public Appointments

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Press Self-Regulation

Following the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the press (which reported on 29 November 2012), a Royal Charter on the self regulation of the press was granted by the Privy Council on 30 October 2013. The Royal Charter establishes a Recognition Panel with functions and duties relating to the recognition of press industry self regulators in accordance with the terms of the Charter.

The previous Commissioner for Public Appointments, Sir David Normington, agreed to take on the functions given to him under the Royal Charter. These functions are:-

  • to appoint the Appointments Committee which will make the initial appointments to the Board of the Recognition Panel, to decide how many people will serve on that Committee, and to allow his office to support the work of that Committee; and
  • to consider whether and confirm that the process followed in the selection of any person who is proposed for appointment to the Board of the Recognition Panel in the future is fair, open and merit-based.

A summary of Royal Charter-related expenditure in respect of the recruitment of a Chair and Members to the Recognition Panel is set out below.  There was no Charter activity in 2015-16.



  2013-14 2014-15
Advertising costs £ 65,351 £ 49,865
Executive search £ 11,970 £ 61,470
Response handling £   3,000 £     900
Appointment committee fees and expenses £   3,716 £ 21,916
Candidate assessment £   0 £   5,801
OCPA resources £ 85,463 £ 40,316
Press Officer support £   1,440 £   2,304
TOTAL £170,940 £182,571
Original estimate £200,000 £237,771