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Complainant Name:
Mr Ben Williams

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: South Wales Argus

Complaint:

Mr Ben Williams, brother of the late Mr Ieuan Williams, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article - paying tribute to the late Mr Ivor Walters and his contribution to the company I.G. Engineering - had suggested that Mr Walters had founded the company, when that was not the case. He clarified that Mr Ieuan Williams was, in fact, one of the original founders of the company, and said that his family were concerned that the article made no mention of Mr Williams' contribution, or the hundreds of jobs that he had created.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the PCC helped to negotiate publication of the following letter from the complainant:

I write further to your article "Tributes to man who gave work to many" of 8 March. The article paid tribute to the late Mr Ivor Walters and his contribution to the company I.G. Engineering.

Whilst Mr Walters was one of the early members of the workforce, he was not involved in founding the company, as the article claimed. In fact, I.G. was founded by Mr Ieuan Williams and Mr Graham Parsons in 1958, and its name bears the initials of the forenames of these two gentlemen. Mr Williams then bought out Mr Parsons, becoming sole owner and managing director. Mr Walters did not become managing director until a much later stage, when I.G. had been sold to another group and Mr Williams had resigned.

Mr Ieuan Williams has recently passed away. Whilst we do not seek to devalue Mr Walters' contribution, we, as Mr Williams' family, feel that the article fails to acknowledge what Mr Williams achieved in his working life, and the jobs that he created for hundreds of people. Mr Williams designed most of I.G.'s products and received the Queens Award for his work. These important achievements should be recognised.

Ben Williams (Brother)

The newspaper also included a photograph of Mr Ieuan Williams receiving his award from Prince Charles with the letter, and the Deputy Editor wrote personally to Mr Williams' widow, Mrs Valerie Williams.

Date Published: 18/06/2010



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