LONDON: One of Britain's top newspapers may face an unofficial inquiry by the country's press regulator over allegations that advertising and commercial interests interfered with editorial decisions.
'The Daily Telegraph' had hit the headlines recently when its senior political columnist, Peter Oborne resigned amid accusations that the newspaper had failed to provide fair coverage of the HSBC tax scandal.
Sir Alan Moses, chairman of the UK's Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) told a parliamentary committee this week that while it had not launched an official investigation into the claims, which are denied by 'The Telegraph', it will "invite information" from the newspaper and Oborne.
The culture, media and sport committee heard that IPSO would discuss the matter at its next board meeting. Sir Alan said that the case raised "really fundamental issues about preservation of the freedom of editorial and journalistic judgement, without which no newspaper can have credibility".
"We are not investigating yet," he said, explaining that the body had not received formal complaints about Telegraph's coverage.