LONDON -- Britain's press watchdog has named a new chairman after its previous head stepped down amid heavy criticism over its handling of the phone-hacking scandal.
The Press Complaints Commission said Thursday David Hunt, a lawyer and former lawmaker, will succeed Peta Jane Buscombe.
Buscombe resigned in July after coming under fire for failing to curb tabloid excesses.
A judge-led inquiry into the hacking scandal that rocked Britain's press and shuttered the storied News of the World tabloid is considering whether Britain needs a tougher system of media regulation.
Hunt, who will start his new role next week, says he is delighted to lead "the crucially important" watchdog process.