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Culture, Media and Sport Committee

The chair of the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) has told MPs on the Culture, Media and Sport Committee that he was accused of trying to destroy the body by senior people within the PCC as he prepared plans for a new press complaints body.

Lord Hunt said they accused him of "consorting with editors" to put an end to the PCC, during an evidence session on 11 December 2012.

The individuals' concerns were raised after he gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry and a parliamentary committee.

Lord Hunt said: "I was confronted by senior people within the Press Complaints Commission who felt it wrong for someone who'd just been appointed their chairman, I think the words were used: 'to seek immediately to destroy the organisation of which you were appointed chairman'."

He said that the resistance came from independent and law members of the commission rather than editors.

An industry-backed replacement for the PCC will be established during the "early part of next year", he said.

Following Lord Hunt, Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger gave evidence to the committee on the future of press regulation.

In his report, commissioned in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal, Lord Justice Leveson recommended an independent self-regulatory body for the newspaper industry, backed up by legislation to ensure its independence and effectiveness.

All the main parties agree that the press needs to introduce a more robust form of self-regulation, but the prime minister has argued that it would be complex to write a new system into law.

The Leveson Inquiry was set up to investigate the culture, practice and ethics of the press.

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