Hacked Off welcome the spirit of the newly proposed amendments to the undertakings and the companies’ Articles of Association.
Potentially, the amendments proposed would be beneficial to the editorial independence and integrity of The Times and The Sunday Times newspapers.
However, some of them risk introducing new threats to the independence of the newspapers, while others are vulnerable to being redrawn over time or ignored.
Our submission recommends amendments which would address those threats and close any exposed loopholes.
Hacked Off also retains the view that, in the interests of resisting the threat of redundancies at the newspapers and reductions in quality , the initially proposed variation to the conditions should be rejected.