The Court of Appeal has overturned the High Court and held that a trust set up to advocate for better public media was charitable as its purposes were beneficial to the community.

The trust’s registration as a charity had been declined by the Charities Registration Board and the High Court, but the Court of Appeal disagreed.

It held that the trust took a balanced and measured approach that took into account a range of views on public media and its activities were designed to ensure opposing viewpoints were heard.  Its approach was similar to other advocacy organisations registered as charities and therefore it was to be registered as a charity.

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