Further to our article about increased security at Coronation Street's studios for their live 50th anniversary episode (December 9), we would like to make clear that while cast and crew were subject to full body searches, there was no specific threat from Al-Qaeda as we reported. We apologise for the misunderstanding and are happy to set the record straight.
Their admission that the story was nonsense is hardly a surprise - the story never rang true and was swiftly denied by Greater Manchester Police.
The PCC, when tweeting about the clarification, pointed out the apology was on 'page 2 and online'. Yet the original was rather more prominent than that:
The first clause of the Code of Practice points out that errors must be corrected with 'due prominence'. Yet the Code Committee Secretary, Ian Beales, said at the start of December that it was a 'myth' to say corrections are buried.
But is it really good enough for a front page splash to be 'clarified' by a couple of sentences on page two?
(The Sun's original article has won 5CC's Tabloid Bullshit of the Month Award for December 2010)