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PCC: Online corrections must have ‘due prominence’

Editors must give ‘due prominence’ to online corrections, apologies and adjudications, the Press Complaints Commission has said.

The press watchdog has published new guidance for the industry about online corrections, covering points which should be considered by editors to ensure they are prominent on newspaper websites.

These include publishing them in the relevant section of the site, linking back to original articles if they are still online, changing URLs if they contain information which has been subject to a successful complaint and tagging the corrections so they are searchable.

PCC Director Stephen Abell said: “As with offline publication, the test for the Commission will be whether the requirement by the Editors’ Code for ‘due prominence’ is met.

“The online environment is fast-moving, and there are a wide range of differing practices regarding publication.

“The PCC’s guidance is intended to provide a sensible framework for both editors and the PCC, within which appropriate decisions about prominence can be taken.”

To read the full guidance, visit