Complain about the press or media

Last updated: 13 July 2017

You can complain about:

  • media reports about you and your family
  • how journalists have behaved towards you and your family

Complain about something published in a newspaper or magazine

Complain directly to the editor first.

If you don't get a reply after a week you can complain to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO).

IPSO is the independent organisation that deals with complaints about coverage in newspapers and magazines in the UK.

It also:

  • gives advice about what you can do before a piece is published
  • works to stop media harassment. This includes coping with journalists hassling you for information and interviews

You can make a complaint using IPSO's complaint form or by writing to:

Independent Press Standards Organisation

Phone: 0300 123 22 20

24 hour emergency advice line: 07799 903 929

Find out about call charges

Address:

Gate House
1 Farringdon Street
London
EC4M 7LG

Complain about something you saw on TV or heard on the radio

Contact Ofcom. Ofcom is the independent organisation that deals with complaints about TV and radio programmes.

You can make a complaint using Ofcom's complaint form or by writing to:

Ofcom

Phone: 020 7981 3040

Helpline: 0300 123 3333

Find out about call charges

Address:

Riverside House
2a Southwark Bridge Road
London
SE1 9HA

Ofcom don't deal with complaints about the BBC. If your complaint's about something you saw or heard on BBC TV or radio you should contact the BBC directly using their complaints form or by writing to:

BBC Complaints

Phone: 03700 100 222

Textphone: 03700 100 212

Find out about call charges

Address:

PO Box 1922
Darlington
DL3 0UR