U.K.'s Channel 4 Unveils Title, Air Date of Hugh Grant Documentary About Press Regulation

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"Hugh Grant: Taking on the Tabloids" will be shown the night before the much-anticipated Leveson Inquiry report into media ethics and standards is unveiled.

LONDON - Hugh Grant's previously announced documentary about the actor's campaign for stricter press regulation in the U.K. will air on Britain's Channel 4 on Wednesday night, just before the presentation of the much-awaited Leveson Inquiry report about press standards and ethics in the country.

The network had previously only said it expects to show it around the time of the unveiling of the report, which was commissioned amid the News Corp. phone hacking scandal last summer, but didn't set a date. Earlier this week, the Leveson report presentation was scheduled for next week. 

The 60-minute film also has a title now - Hugh Grant: Taking on the Tabloids, the Guardian reported Friday. Grant has been a director and the public face of the Hacked Off campaign for stricter press regulation.

The final Leveson report likely to include recommendations for the regulation of U.K. newspapers, but most media owners have lobbied against a potential government involvement in any new rules for curbing media excesses. That means that anti-regulation voices could find the timing of the Channel 4 airing of the Grant documentary somewhat provocative, the Guardian said.

The film is described as a balanced observational documentary following Grant as he campaigns for new forms of press regulation, but also interviews critics of any curbs.

The Guardian said interviews for the documentary are still being filmed, meaning that the film will likely only be finished close to air time.

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