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Complainant Name:
Matt Galley

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Hexham Courant


Matt Galley, Secretary of the Tynedale Branch of Unison, complained that an article had presented comments he had made on the retention payments being offered to only senior staff at Tynedale council in confidential correspondence in such a way as to misleadingly suggest he had been interviewed by the newspaper.


The newspaper agreed that the article may have given the impression that it had interviewed the complainant directly. The editor therefore published the following apology on the front page of the newspaper. The complaint was resolved on that basis.

Unison letter

Our front page report of August 31 about the offer of retention payments to senior staff at Tynedale Council contained comments from Matt Galley, secretary of the Tynedale branch of Unison.

Mr Galleys comments came from a confidential letter from Unison to the corporate policy and management board of Tynedale Council. Mr Galley did not provide the letter to the Hexham Courant nor did the Courant speak directly to Mr Galley on this matter and we apologise that this may have been the impression given by our report.

Report: 76

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