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Complainant Name:
Mr Maxwell Rumney

Clauses Noted: 1, 2

Publication: Metro

Complaint:

Mr Maxwell Rumney, Director of Legal & Business Affairs at September Films, complained that an article on the television programme It’s Now or Never, which was produced by the company, contained inaccuracies and no right to reply had been afforded.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following letter from the complainant: “Your article of July 27 ('Was this the worst idea for a TV show ever?') claimed that September Films – producers of the programme It’s Now or Never – procured the commission for the show from ITV during ‘boozy media executive lunches’. This is sheer fabrication. In fact, the show took over a year of development work and numerous sober meetings with ITV. In addition, the allegation that the show was ‘not… surprisingly… one of the biggest flops ever seen on TV… and was axed’ was entirely inaccurate. An audience peaking at 1.9million is hardly insignificant and the show and its format have sold throughout the world. In addition, ITV have announced that the show is to be rescheduled and are currently working with us on it. We have been attempting to correct these inaccuracies since the original article was published and you have now allowed us to make these points clear”.

Report: 73



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