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Complainant Name:
Charles McCaughey

Clauses Noted: 1, 12

Publication: The Sun


Charles McCaughey, a member of the Singlive choral group, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published a television review that featured negative comments about the choir and its members. The group had competed on the television show ‘Don't Stop Believing' and the newspaper's review of their appearance was, in the complainant's opinion, both misleading and discriminatory on the grounds of disability.


The newspaper explained that the article was a comment piece and the columnist was entitled to express his personal reaction to the television show and the acts that appeared on it. However, the newspaper acknowledged that the complainant and his fellow singers had found the article offensive. The complaint was resolved when the newspaper sent a private letter to the member of the choir who had been most affected by the remarks made.

Date Published: 13/10/2010

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