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Complainant Name:
Mr Bob Sayers

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Gloucestershire Echo

Complaint:

Mr Bob Sayers complained to the Press Complaints Commission under Clause 1 (Accuracy) about an article reporting on the serious recent flooding in Australia. The complainant was concerned that the article, which included his comments on the matter, gave readers the impression that he had given an interview to the newspaper's journalist. While the newspaper had subsequently published a correction on this point, he was concerned that the original piece had remained online.

Resolution:

The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated the removal of the online article, as well as the publication of the following apology:

Apology Bob Sayers

ON February 2, 2011, the Gloucestershire Echo ran an apology regarding an article featuring Bob Sayers entitled ‘It makes UK flood look like a puddle.' This article which ran in the paper on January 13, 2011, featured comments attributed to Mr Sayers despite at no point speaking to him directly.

However, the story has continued to run on our website www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk for which we apologise and the article has been removed.

Date Published: 13/04/2012



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