A council official’s complaint against a regional daily newspaper has been resolved by the Press Complaints Commission after a second apology was published.
Huw Roberts complained over the wording of a picture caption in the Hull Daily Mail in March.
He said the newspaper had inaccurately reported in the caption that he had ‘quit’ and ‘walked out’ of his job as a project director at East Riding Council when that was not the case.
As the article alongside the caption had correctly reported, he had been allowed to take early retirement.
A correction and apology was published by the newspaper prior to the complaint, but Mr Roberts said this was not sufficiently prominent and did not accept it.
However the complaint has now been resolved, and the resolution published on the PCC website, after commission negotiated the publication of a specific correction and apology by the newspaper.
It read: “In The Mail on Wednesday, March 19, we stated that Huw Roberts had “quit” his post at East Riding Council and had walked out.
“In truth, Mr Roberts applied for and was granted early retirement in accordance with the council’s retirement scheme, which is available to all council employees. We accept our article was misleading and unreservedly apologise to Mr Roberts.”