Thursday, 17 September 2009

Experienced journalists need not apply

Are you an editor with 30 years' experience in the regional press? Know the industry from back to front? Perhaps ready for a new challenge after years at the coalface? Well, the Press Complaints Commission doesn't want to hear from you.

Earlier this week, Tim Toulmin announced he was stepping down as director of the PCC after six years.

We thought we'd drop the PCC a line to see if they wanted to advertise the forthcoming vacancy with us but were told: "As the position is not available to journalists or anyone working in the industry there would be little point in this so we will not be taking you up on this offer."

Apparently it's something to do with maintaining the PCC's independence. But am I the only one who finds this presumption that anyone who changes jobs automatically takes all their old prejudices with them rather patronising?

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