Press regulator recruits Lord Grade as it beefs up board

The Press Complaints Commission has named Lord Grade, the former BBC chairman, as one of its new commissioners.

In what will be seen as an attempt to improve its profile and gravitas – the self-regulatory body for the press has been criticised for inactivity over the News of the World's phone hacking – it has also recruited a senior lawyer, Michael Smyth, who recently retired as a partner at Clifford Chance, and a Court of Appeal judge, Jeremy Roberts.