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The intention essentially is to ensure that staff are -- participate in a consultative way with decisions in a company. And the intention is also to strengthen the position of the editor and to ensure that the editor is oriented towards journalists.

This I think does connect to the issue of independence and plurality of the press that is a concern of the Leveson Inquiry.

Our press is different from that of other countries. We're in a kind of time warp in which the controllers of the press operate rather like the press barons of old, and in other countries they have moved on from that, and most media groups have dispersed shareholdings. And editors, managers and journalists have much greater influence, and that leads in our view to better journalism.

So that is the thinking behind these proposals.

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