Stephen 'Stig' Abell:
After submitting 408 pages of formal written evidence, the then-PCC director was thanked by Lord Justice Leveson for his "monumental effort" in assisting the Inquiry.
Discussing the way the PCC works, Abell described it as "primarily a complaints-handling body," and not a regulator as set out in its articles of association.
He said that the PCC's annual report of 2010 showed more than 7,000 complaints and 1,687 rulings, pointing out that some complainants will merely "dash off a quick email" and not follow it up.
Although the PCC will mediate payments for newspapers to complainants, it has no power to force a paper to settle financially, he said.
Abell was asked about two specific cases – firstly TV presenter Clare Balding's 2010 complaint over being described as a 'dyke on a bike' in the Sunday Times, and secondly, the 22,000 complaints over a Jan Moir column in the Daily Mail about the circumstances surrounding singer Stephen Gately's death in 2009 – and responded that he stood by the original PCC ruling on the Balding complaint that the words used were in a "demeaning and gratuitous way," but that the Moir article was just short of a breach of the PCC code, and that it was a difficult point to rule on.
Abell admitted that there is "a limit on the power of sanction" of the PCC and suggested there should be a way of "increasing the power of critical sanction."
On the future of press regulation, he said there was a risk that legislation could lead to amendments being made and parliament encroaching its way into the structure.
On 9 February Abell announced he would be standing down at the end of the month to join a PR consultancy.