Bloomberg Anywhere Login


Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.


Financial Products

Enterprise Products


Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000


Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Cameron Proposes Royal Charter to Resolve U.K. Press Regulation

Feb. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Prime Minister David Cameron proposed a “royal charter” to solve the problem of how to regulate the U.K. press without passing a law that media companies said could hurt free speech.

Judge Brian Leveson concluded his government-mandated probe into media ethics Nov. 29 by urging Cameron to legislate to create a basis for a new press regulator. The prime minister responded at the time by saying he wasn’t prepared to “cross the Rubicon” by passing a law.

Instead, his Conservative Party today proposed using a royal charter, whereby Queen Elizabeth II would sign an instrument creating a “recognition panel” that would have the job of saying whether regulators were sufficiently independent of the press and were protecting the interests of the public.

Cameron’s Liberal Democrat coalition partners and the opposition Labour Party have both said they support implementing Leveson’s proposals for a regulator in full.

To contact the reporter on this story: Robert Hutton in London at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.