Ofcom, the broadcast regulator. The licensing authority. It's independent of government.
Editorial codes: PCC, for magazines and written publications.
The BBC editorial guidelines.
The cause of the crisis was phone hacking. It has allowed us to talk about press ethics. The phone hacking dilemma has put journalism in a new spotlight.The PCC still exists but we know that something else will take its place soon.
The press groups argue that we are not here to be controlled by somebody? We shouldn't have to apply for a licence to write something.
Newspaper regulation in limbo. Royal Charter, the press want their own regulator- the IPSO the independent press standards organisation.
The PCC does still exist and it is still being used but it is all about to be swept away. The continuing row initially was that the government wanted a royal charter, a statute regulation. For the newspapers this was too much state intervention and freedom of the press. IPSO will be set up instead if it gains approval and there is no other scandal.
The problem with the PCC was that nobody in the PCC highlighted the issues of phone hacking. This huge ethical scandal went on while the PCC was in operation. This is why it has failed. The problem being with the PCC was that it was a self regulator. This argument is very similar to who police's the police.
The motifs for following these codes is that you are being ethically sound, and fair to the people you are representing. It is very damaging if the trust is breached.
The documentary about the Queen on BBC One was edited in a way it was misrepresenting the Queen. The BBC One controlled Peter Fincham had to resign from his job.
The PCC- newspapers and magazine
BBC- for bbc staff and licence payers.
NUJ- Code of Conduct
How far can we go to get a story?
the codes of practice will tell you when it is ok to get a particular story. In investigative reporting there are ethical issues surrounding secret filming, persistence etc.
The public interest regarding the story needs to be there and public interest should be taken into account. You may be intruding but you may be raising a public interest issue.
Under cover investigating, secret filming may provide you a story that is justified by an overriding public interest.
When circumstances make a difference? Funerals? You would cover certain funerals due to public interest but you must respect the family, no close ups of grieving people. Maybe just show a shot of them arriving. It's all about circumstances and judgement at the time.
Reassure our audiences, build the trust.
NHS exposure. Someone will complain- this will be your tip off, leading you to investigate. There is an expectation that something is failing. Often these exposures will help things improve.
The watershed,after 9pm, can show more explicit content.
-Direction not to repeat programme
-Corrections or findings must be broadcast
-Impose fines- up to 5% of revenue.
-Revoke broadcast licence