Charlie lands role on new press board

A former journalist from Great Bowden has been chosen to sit on the new board that will regulate the press.

Charlie Wilson said he is honoured to have been offered a place on the board and believes he can bring a lot of experience to the role.

The 78-year-old, former editor of The Times and The Independent said he hopes the body will restore the public’s faith in the industry.

He was managing director of Mirror Group from 1992 to 1998, having been editorial director of Mirror Group Newspapers from 1991 to 1992.

Mr Wilson has been chosen as one of the 12 members of the new Independent Press Standards Organisation board.

The panel includes pensions expert Ros Altmann, former Sun ombudsman William Newman and Sir Tom Phillips, former UK ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

The organisation was set up with the backing of the UK’s largest newspaper groups but not The Guardian or Financial Times.

Mr Wilson said he hoped it could restore the public’s faith of the press by judging complaints fairly, accurately and with integrity.

He added: “It will take a year or two, it’s not something that will happen overnight.”

The group will officially launch in September with tasks including appointing a complaints committee, a chief executive and how best to create an arbitration service.

It will be the successor to the Press Complaints Commission, axed in the aftermath of the Leveson inquiry.

Mr Wilson is now retired and spends his time between Great Bowden and London.

He is a fan of horse racing and breeds horses at his stables in Great Bowden.