The final version of the Government’s Royal Charter was published last week. Like everyone else in the known Universe, I’ve made it clear what I think about it.

But in case you were wondering and for posterity’s sake, here’s the definitive list of things that won’t be covered by the cack-handed, undemocratic and ultimately unworkable legislation (in no particular order)… 

  • The BBC (which is regulated by Ofcom)
  • All B2B media “titles” based on a profession of industry, regardless of size
  • Specialist consumer “titles” based on a pastime or hobby, regardless of size
  • Scientific journals
  • Anything published by a charity or “public body”
  • Internal company newsletters and mags
  • Book publishers
  • Blogs… But these are exempt only if they have fewer than 10 employees (not clear whether this means the brand or the parent business) and make less than £2 million a year. Note that many local newspapers (and very nearly some nationals) would fail to breach these thresholds.
  • Everyone on Twitter
  • Everyone on Facebook, Tumblr, the internet generally etc

Here’s the list of things that definitely will be covered

  • National and regional newspapers in print and online
  • Maybe the Huffington Post and
  • Er, that’s it
And here are ones where I have no idea whether they would be covered or not (please tell me in the comments if you think you know):
  • News agencies such as Press Association
  • Independent organisation like Bureau of Investigative Journalism
  • Student newspapers
I could go on, but this chart from Jonathan Cresswell is probably just as informative:
Press regulation chart - Jonathan Cresswell
p.s. This letter in the Guardian from Lord Rooker shows just how absurd it is to do primary legislation through the Privy Council, for all you politics fans out there. It is possible the council could meet and decide this without an elected politician in the room.