UK press regulator axed after hacking scandal

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LONDON (AP) — Britain's press regulator, much criticized amid a scandal over tabloid phone hacking, has confirmed it is to be abolished and replaced with a new body.

The Press Complaints Commission said Thursday that it had appointed a "director of transition" to conduct the shutdown as quickly as possible.

The industry-funded body has been called toothless by victims of tabloid intrusion. It can demand a newspaper publish an apology, but has no power to issue fines.

Britain's judge-led media ethics inquiry had been expected to call for its abolition.

The inquiry was set up after the revelation that Rupert Murdoch's News of the World had regularly listened to the mobile phone voicemails of celebrities, politicians and crime victims in its quest for stories.

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