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Press watchdog's appointments boss announced

Image caption Newspaper editors and politicians have disagreed over how to regulate the press

Former civil servant Sir Hayden Phillips is to chair the appointment panel for the board of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), it has been announced.

Sir Hayden was chosen for the task by the Foundation Group, headed by ex-judge Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers.

IPSO has "overwhelming support" from the press and will allow it to maintain independent regulation, supporters say.

Its proposed establishment follows a row between newspapers and ministers.

The industry moved to set it up its own regulatory body after editors opposed a cross-party charter to create a new watchdog, which they said could "neuter" the press.

On Sunday, Culture Secretary Maria Miller told the BBC she wanted to see independent regulation "within the context of a Royal Charter" but encouraged the press to put their own system in place.

Lord Phillips said: "The Foundation Group identified Sir Hayden Phillips as the person whom it wished to chair the Appointment Panel.

"Sir Hayden has agreed to undertake this task provided the proposals for the new body, which were circulated last week, receive overwhelming support from the press."

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