Matt Tee

Press Regulator

IPSO’s chief executive on its fiery birth, the current regulatory muddle… and why he can’t censure Katie Hopkins

28th July 2016

Matt Tee is the Chief Executive of IPSO, the UK’s largest press regulator, overseeing 2,500 publications. In this in-depth interview, he describes IPSO’s fiery birth after phone hacking, Leveson, and turmoil in both Parliament and industry. Previously a senior civil servant controlling government communications – and a stint running NHS Direct – Matt talks about the complex regulatory framework; a boycott from The Guardian et al, with no settlement in sight; an often tense relationship with editors, and a sceptical public. He outlines plans to reshape the role of regulator from the PCC’s “failure”, and shares just how heartbreaking complaints can be.