RECRUITMENT OF NEW PUBLIC COMMISSIONERS: ADVERT
RECRUITMENT OF PUBLIC MEMBERS OF THE PCC: ADVERT
Applications are invited for three new public members of the PCC, the body that deals with complaints about the editorial content of UK newspapers and magazines and their websites (including audio-visual material). The appointment - which is made by the full Commission, following recommendations by the Nominations Committee of the PCC, working in conjunction with an Independent Adviser, is for an initial term of three years. Membership - which comes with fees of £11.5k per annum, plus reasonable expenses - involves nine board meetings in central London each year (usually on a Wednesday afternoon), and occasional adhoc Committee work. In addition, Commission members are sent papers for consideration each week.
Applicants will need to demonstrate a number of criteria, including: a record of achievement in their own walk of life; an understanding of the principles of self regulation, and its legal and political context; an understanding of the problems faced by those caught up in the media spotlight, in particular vulnerable groups of people, and a commitment to the public service of helping them. A full list of criteria is available here.
Because of the importance of the Commission's independence, applicants should not have been employed in the newspaper and magazine publishing industry - at management or editorial level - for the last ten years.
A description of the role, and further information about the applications process, is available on the PCC's website here. Applications must take the form of a CV and covering letter (addressing specifically how the candidate can meet all of the stated criteria) to be received by 5 pm Tuesday February 1st 2011. Interviews of a shortlist of candidates are expected to take place in the weeks beginning 14th and 21st February. For those with difficulty accessing the internet, application information can be obtained from Ms Tonia Milton, PCC, Halton House, 20/23 Holborn, London, EC1N 2JD.
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