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Complainant Name:
Mr Derek Dick

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Scotsman


Mr Derek Dick aka Fish complained to the Press Complaints Commission under Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice about an article which reported the complainant's criticisms of the Scottish Fashion Awards, in which his daughter, Tara, had competed. The complainant expressed concern about the assertion that he had claimed the awards were "rigged". In fact, he said he had stated his and his daughter's belief that - in light of the significant experience and profile of the favourite (and eventual winner) - the outcome had been "preordained".


The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification:

On June 13 The Scotsman published an article headlined "Scottish Fashion Awards: Fish claims awards rigged as daughter didn't win" which carried reported comments attributed to Derek Dick, also known as Fish. The article concerned the Scottish Model of the Year title at the Scottish Fashion Awards, in which his daughter, Tara, had been nominated as a contestant. In the article we said: "Derek Dick had said his daughter had believed that the results had been rigged when fellow signer Annie Lennox's daughter Tali won the accolade instead". Mr Dick has asked us to point out that he said that his daughter had believed the results to be "pre-ordained", as one of the contestants was a firm favourite, and that neither he nor his daughter at any point used the word "rigged". We are happy to make this clarification and apologise for any upset caused.

Date Published: 13/11/2012

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