C4 commissions Hugh Grant-presented Leveson doc

The UK pubcaster says the doc, to be produced by Films of Record, will follow the actor and his "Hacked Off" campaign in the run-up to the release of the Leveson report regarding the practices and ethics employed by the British press.
November 7, 2012

UK pubcaster Channel 4 (C4) has commissioned a documentary from Films of Record that will examine the Leveson Inquiry, to be presented by British actor Hugh Grant.

Billed as an observational documentary, the as-yet-untitled project will follow Grant, who has given witness testimony in the inquiry and is the director of the Hacked Off campaign calling for press reform in the UK, “as he meets key figures from different sides of the debate and those involved and interested in the Inquiry and explores the different views of what Lord Leveson’s recommendations might be,” according to the network.

The program will air to coincide with the release of the Leveson report, expected to be published this month.

The Hacked Off campaign was founded by the Media Standards Trust (MST), which was, until yesterday (November 6), chaired by Films of Record CEO Roger Graef. On its website, the MST issued a statement earlier this week, announcing that Helena Kennedy would temporarily take the chair position for the organization, “as Roger Graef, the founder of Films of Record, has stepped aside due to broadcasting commitments.

“Ten Alps/Films of Record has been commissioned to make a program about the Leveson Inquiry, and although Roger Graef is not involved, he wants no suggestion that there may be any conflict of interest with the Media Standards Trust,” said the organization.

A British Conservative MP, Alun Cairns, has since written a letter to Channel 4 CEO David Abraham outlining concerns about the program’s impartiality. A copy of the letter was also reportedly sent to Ed Richards, chief executive of British media regulatory body Ofcom.

“The program will be impartial in line with Ofcom’s Broadcasting Code,” said a C4 spokesperson.


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