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Complainant Name:
Lord Donoughue

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Sun


Lord Donoughue, the Chairman of the Starting Price Regulatory Commission, complained that a columnist inaccurately alleged that the SPRC had "intervened" to stop betting prices being transmitted from the course until 20 minutes before the off. He then wrongly criticised the SPRC on that basis.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following apology:

"In my column on August 1, I said Lord Donoughue's Starting Price Regulatory Commission had intervened to prevent prices being transmitted from racecourses until 20 minutes before the off. I was misinformed. The Commission remit concerns only the starting price, as betting shows and their timing are not matters it has ever considered. My conclusion the SPRC has "forfeited any public trust" was unjustified. Apologies to Lord Donoughue and the Commission's members."

Report: 80

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