I hope this is of some use, but I would say four things, I think. They may or may not be of use.
Firstly, I completely agree with your judgment not to rush to judgment, I mean, in terms of how to change, since it's incredibly complicated, and we must not throw the baby out with the bathwater. There is tremendous work -- good work that, for example, the PCC has done over the years that we mustn't lose.
But my key point is this: that there's been a lot of talk, rightly so, about what the son of PCC who look like, whether it should be legislated for -- wrong, no, it should be self-legislated, but if I understand the key question to be that there is legitimate public concern about newsroom behaviours, and that we need to find ways to assure the public that newsroom behaviour is going to improve and can be controlled, if I understand that to be the central question, then we must therefore focus our attention on what's the best way to influence those newsroom behaviours.
You can then turn the question around, can't you, and say: what is best practice newsroom behaviour? And it strikes me that that's a question we need to focus on now as a matter of urgency, so that issues like an independent force within the newsroom being a key best practice principle would be, I think, something that I would suggest. Assurances of the independence of the editor it is another key principle, and alongside the Editors' Code, you would see the son of the PCC, this new regulator, hold newsrooms to account on those principles as well as the Editors' Code, and that's the best way in my mind for influencing newsroom behaviour.
At the same time, you would ensure that newsrooms had to be transparent and therefore accountable for how their newsrooms operated. Sunlight is a fantastic disinfectant, and the very act of causing newsrooms to have to disclose how they work and how far away they are from best practice would be an incredibly empowering act to help assure the public that newsroom behaviours were under control.
I know you will probably be thinking: what about the issue of how do you get everywhere in the tent? I don't think you've call it the Richard Desmond issue, but it is the Richard Desmond issue as things stand.