Following the exposure of alleged criminal activity and growing complaints about the behaviour of the press in the UK in 2011, the Leveson Inquiry made a series of recommendations for a new, more effective regulatory system. The PRP is the result of this Inquiry and was created by Royal Charter on 3 November 2014.
The Charter ensures that the PRP remains wholly independent of any other body or influence. The Charter lists 29 criteria that regulators have to meet in order to be recognised.
The PRP’s board members can only be removed by the unanimous agreement of the other board members. The Charter itself can only be amended by a two thirds majority of each of the House of Commons, the House of Lords and the Scottish Parliament, and with the unanimous agreement of the Board itself.