Former editor of The People Neil Wallis has left the Press Complaints Commission to be replaced by another tabloid editor – Peter Hill from the Daily Star.
Wallis, who is currently deputy editor of the News of the World, stepped down from the commission in the summer.
He is one of three national newspaper editors on the 16-member commission – the other two are Roger Alton, from The Observer, and Paul Dacre, from the Daily Mail. Hill has been on the Daily Star since 1978, having been deputy editor, associate editor, night editor and chief sub. He became editor in October 1998.
Before joing the Daily Star, he worked on papers including the People, Mirror, Daily Telegraph, Oldham Chronicle, Manchester Evening News, Huddersfield Examiner and the Colne Valley Guardian.
PCC chairman Sir Christopher Meyer said: “I am delighted to welcome Peter Hill to the commission. He has a long and distinguished career at the sharp end of journalism and, as one of the minority of newspaper and magazine editors on the PCC, will contribute enormously to our work.”
Hill said: “As the recent Select Committee report underlined, the PCC has a vitally important role in serving the public and in raising standards of journalism across our industry.
It is crucial that the commission continues to make robustly common sense judgements under the code.”
By Dominic Ponsford