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Complainant Name:
Mr Alistair Ewen

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Evening Express (Aberdeen)


Mr Alistair Ewen, proprietor of the Aberdeen-based salon Tan 2000, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article had alleged that the salon allowed a sunbed appointment for a 15-year-old to be made over the telephone. Scottish legislation prohibited the use of sunbeds by under-18s, and the complainant maintained that his salon had always abided by the relevant guidelines. He said that the reporter who called his staff member had not specified the nature of the appointment requested. He added that he was abroad at the time of publication, and had not therefore had the opportunity to respond to the allegations against Tan 2000.


The newspaper provided the reporter's notes to support the claims made in the article. However, the complaint was resolved when the PCC helped to negotiate publication of the following letter from the complainant:

Use of sunbeds at Tan 2000

Dear Sir,

I write following your article in the Evening Express edition of Wednesday 2 December 2009, stating that 'Salons offer sunbed sessions to under 18s'. This, allegedly, included Tan 2000.

The article implied that, according to an Evening Express reporter, she had telephoned the salon, and claimed that Tan 2000 were allegedly willing to accept an appointment over the phone for a person under 18 years of age. This allegation is strongly denied by Tan 2000.

As the proprietor of Tan 2000, I would like to make it clear that, during our ten year history, we have always been fully aware of and compliant with the relevant guidelines, and also the recent legislation surrounding the safe use of sunbeds.

Following recent legislation, Tan 2000 have not, and will not allow anyone under the age of 18 years to use our sunbeds.

Yours faithfully,

Alistair Ewen,

Proprietor, Tan 2000

30 Market Street, Aberdeen, AB11 5PL

The editor also wrote a personal letter to the complainant.

Date Published: 04/06/2010

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