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The Press Complaints Commission has thrown out a complaint against the Sentinel and Sentinel Sunday by the PR manager for Caudwell Group chief executive John Caudwell. The newspapers reported how they were accused of a persecution campaign but the Commission found no breach of the Editors’ Code of Practice.


Ken Symon has been appointed business editor of the Sunday Herald.
He was formerly at the Financial Times, covering Scotland for the publication. Before that he was business editor of The Scotsman and deputy editor of the Sunday Times’ Scottish operation.


Entertainers Paul Daniels, Aled Jones and Buster Bloodvessel have all backed Archant Devon’s Gift of Life campaign to encourage the take-up of donor cards.
Group editor Phil Griffin said: “Since the launch of the campaign in July we have won the support of more than 60 businesses and organisations, which are displaying donor card boxes.”


10 Field Squadron, serving in the Gulf, was due to take delivery of 50 Umbro footballs, thanks to the Manchester Evening News.
The newspaper got in touch with managers at JD Sports after an appeal from senior officers who needed help keeping the troops fit during their tour of duty.


A Bill to allow the Eastern Daily Press to access Lottery funding for its We Care appeal – to support Norfolk carers – has cleared its latest Parliamentary hurdle.
It passed through the committee stage in the House of Lords with no debate. There were no amendments and no objections.


Former Raymonds Press Agency journalist Simon Angear has moved from his old job in Derbyshire to take over as news editor at the Bridgwater Mercury, replacing Sean Smith.


Ex-Barking and Dagenham Post staff are due to hold a reunion on Friday.
Many former staff – and those from opposition titles – are expected to attend.


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