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Complainant Name:
Derek Wood

Clauses Noted: 5

Publication: Tameside Advertiser


Derek Wood complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper's coverage of the inquest into his wife's death was sensationalist and highly insensitive. The complainant's wife had sadly taken her own life in 2009 and, in his view, the article contained an excessive amount of detail as to the method used.


The newspaper did not agree that the article included excessive details and explained its position that the reporting of inquests is an important role of newspapers in the local community. The complainant did not accept the newspaper's explanation and maintained that the article - in particular the headline - represented an unnecessary intrusion into his own grief and that of his family. However, the PCC negotiated a private letter from the editor for the complainant which acknowledged his concern and apologised for the distress caused by the article. The complaint was resolved on this basis.

Date Published: 29/04/2010

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