Matt Tee appointed as new press regulator's first chief executive

The Independent Press Standards Organisation has appointed Matt Tee, the former permanent secretary for government comms, as its first chief executive.

Matt Tee: "IPSO will understand the press but be tough when there is wrongdoing"
Matt Tee: "IPSO will understand the press but be tough when there is wrongdoing"

IPSO will begin its role as the media industry’s regulator at the end of September when it replaces the current Press Complaints Commission and Tee will take up his new post at that time.

Tee is currently the chief operating officer at the NHS Confederation, a membership body that represents NHS organisations.

Previously, he headed up comms for the Government and directed the Central Office of Information, a role he left in April 2011 to set up his own PR firm, Reputate. Tee’s other senior roles include stints as chief executive of NHS Direct, director general of comms at the Department of Health and head of news at the Department of Trade and Industry.

He has also been a board director at the Commission for Health Improvement and director of comms at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals.

Tee said: "I am excited to be appointed to be chief executive of IPSO. A free press is a cornerstone of our democracy. To be effective and credible, IPSO must be independent and free from the control of the press or the state. It will understand the press but be tough when there is wrongdoing."

IPSO said more than 90 per cent of the national press as well as a "majority of regional press and major magazine publishers" have agreed to be subject to its regulation.

Sir Alan Moses, chairman of IPSO, said: "Matt has a deep understanding of the complex and sensitive relationship between the press, the public and Government. As a highly experienced CEO and accomplished communicator, he brings a great deal of relevant experience that will stand him in good stead as we work together to establish IPSO as the independent and credible regulator of the press."

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