Jack McConnell, Lord McConnell of Glenscorroddale, complained when Glasgow based dailies The Herald and the Evening Times did not contact him for a comment after identifying him in relation to ongoing court proceedings, to which he was not a party.
Lord McConnell, pictured above left, who served as First Minister between 2001 and 2007, complained to the Independent Press Standards Organisation about the issue.
As well as investigating the Newsquest sister dailies, IPSO also launched investigations into the Daily Star of Scotland and Scottish Daily Express over similar complaints made by the Labour life peer.
The Herald and the Evening Times told the press watchdog they had taken the view that it was legitimate to identify the complainant in they court report, given the evidence that had been heard there.
When they had been contacted by the complainant directly they had removed the complainant’s name from the headline of the online version of the article.
They had also offered to publish a correction if the story was inaccurate, but Lord McConnell declined this offer as he did not wish for anything further to be published.
The newspapers wrote to Lord McConnell accepting they should have approached him for comment prior to publication, and apologised for not having done so.
They added staff had been reminded of their responsibilities always to seek a response from individuals prior to the publication of stories of this nature.
Lord McConnell said the apology and reassurances had resolved the matter to his satisfaction, and IPSO did not make a determination as to whether there had been any breach of the Editors’ Code of Practice.
Similar resolutions were reached between the complainant and the national newspapers.
The resolution statements can be read here.