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Neil Benson to chair Editors' Code Committee

05 July 2017


Neil Benson, Group Executive Editor of Trinity Mirror, has been appointed to chair the Editors' Code of Practice Committee, which writes and revises the code of standards policed by the Independent Press Standards Organisation.

Benson, a former past President and board member of the Society of Editors, takes over from Paul Dacre, Editor-in-Chief of Associated Newspapers who has chaired the committee for the past nine years. 

The vast majority of Britain's newspaper, magazine and news website journalists work under the Editors' Code of Practice. 

Mr Benson, who was elected by the industry members of the committee, was editorial director of Trinity Mirror's regional titles for 16 years before moving to his new role as Group Executive Editor earlier this year. 

He said: “On behalf of the committee, I should like to express our sincere thanks to Paul Dacre, whose chairmanship has been sosure-­?footed during a particularly challenging period for our industry.

“I am honoured to be elected as his successor and I look forward to working with my fellow committee members as we consider the submissions to the recent Code Review.”

Mr Dacre said: “The Editors’ Code is the cornerstone of self-­regulation of the press,and it has been an enormous honour to have chaired the Code Committee for the last nine turbulent years.

“As group executive editor of Trinity Mirror Neil Benson has vast experience of how the Code works and I am sure he will do a brilliant job steering the Code Committee through the challenges of the digital age. The Code could not have a better custodian, and I wish him every success.”

In another change to the Code Committee, Gary Shipton, Deputy Editor-­in-­Chief of Johnston Press and Editorial Director of its Sussex newspapers, has been appointed to serve, replacing Ian Murray, who left the Southern Daily Echo earlier this year and is now Deputy Executive Director of the Society of Editors. 


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