If you couldn't opt out of press regulation what would happen to Lord Gnome and Private Eye?
There was an interesting discussion on BBC Radio 4's The Media Show yesterday in which it was suggested that one way to toughen up regulation of the press would be to not allow publications to opt out of membership of the Press Complaints Commission, or whatever body might replace it.
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