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Complainant Name:
Huw Roberts

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Hull Daily Mail

Complaint:

Huw Roberts complained to the Press Complaints Commission that in a caption the newspaper had inaccurately reported that he had "quit" and "walked out" of his job as a project director at East Riding Council, when that was not the case. As the article had reported, he had been allowed to take early retirement in accordance with the council's retirement scheme. The newspaper had published a correction and apology prior to the complaint to the Commission, but the complainant regarded it as insufficiently prominent. He did not accept the apology, which was made for "any confusion" rather than to him personally.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction and apology:

Huw Roberts - an apology

E YORKS: In The Mail on Wednesday, March 19, we stated that Huw Roberts had "quit" his post at East Riding Council and had walked out.

In truth, Mr Roberts applied for and was granted early retirement in accordance with the council's retirement scheme, which is available to all council employees.

We accept our article was misleading and unreservedly apologise to Mr Roberts.

Date Published: 07/06/2010



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