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Moaning about moaners

Adam Oxford
Adam Oxford
2019-09-27

It’s good to know that there’s one thing people still trust less than the news: each other. According to the editor of the Barnsley Chronicle, reader comments now garner more complaints on his site than actual articles do.

Andrew Harrod, who edits the Barnsley Chronicle, says the highest percentage of complaints he receives now relate to people leaving comments on his paper’s social media channels, rather than the accuracy of stories.
Andrew, pictured, made the revelation in his paper’s annual report to the Independent Press Standards Organisation, which is filed by all of the press watchdog’s member publishers.
In the corresponding report by publishing giant Newsquest, it was revealed that Wrexham daily The Leader was referred to the Attorney General’s office for consideration of contempt prosecution after prejudicial comments were posted on a story about a crown court trial at Mold, although “speedy action” was taken to remove the comment and the AG agreed it was not appropriate to take any action against the “innocent publisher”.

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Adam Oxford
  • Adam Oxford is a freelance journalist, media consultant and civic tech enthusiast. He also works closely with startups developing solutions to access to justice problems.

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