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Complainant Name:
Mr Jonathan Apps and Ms Tina Hallett

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Independent on Sunday


Mr Jonathan Apps and Ms Tina Hallett complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an article in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The complainants considered that the newspaper had failed to make clear that a council order for the chimes of a church clock to be silenced applied only between 11pm and 7am. There was no requirement for them to be turned off altogether.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the alteration of one article to make clear that the chimes were to be turned off between 11 pm and 7 am, and to publish the following statement as a footnote to another online article:

On 27 April, the successful operation of a timer switch enabled the clock to chime again between 7 o'clock in the morning and 11 o'clock at night.

Date Published: 25/10/2012

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