Miller: 'Positive' meeting with editors
The Culture Secretary has said that newspaper editors "responded positively" to the Government's demands for more robust self-regulation at a meeting she hosted this morning.
Nineteen editors and industry representatives attended the meeting at Number 10 and the Prime Minister also dropped in on proceedings. The editors have been told to report back to Maria Miller on Thursday.
Speaking after the meeting, Ms Miller said: "There was unanimous agreement that what we need now is for the press to go forward with developing a tough independent self-regulatory body.
"The challenge has been thrown down to them, they’ve responded positively and it’s now for them to go away and develop those plans."
David Cameron said: "I've told them that they have to produce a tough, independent regulatory system, rapidly. And they’ve got to do it in a way that absolutely meets the requirement of Lord Justice Leveson’s report. That means million pound fines, proper investigation of complaints, prominent apologies, a tough, independent regulatory system."
“They know, because I’ve told them, that the clock is ticking for this to be sorted out.”
Daily Telegraph editor Tony Gallagher said the meeting "felt like the summoning of the Five Families in The Godfather".
Independent editor Chris Blackhurst said: "There's not a million miles between us. The Prime Minister made two or three very good points. I don't think anyone in the room disagreed with him."
Meanwhile, it is reported that Dominic Mohan, editor of of The Sun, attempted to drive into Downing Street for the meeting but was prevented from doing so by the police.