The Press Complaints Commission has cleared Scotland on Sunday of
breaching its code of conduct in a story involving BBC Newsnight
presenter Kirsty Wark.
On 6 February, the paper carried a story
called “Kirsty’s Catholic school moans to Jack” which alleged that Wark
regularly complained to her friend Jack McConnell, Scotland’s First
Minister, about the existence of separate Roman Catholic schools in
The composer James MacMillan was quoted as saying that
McConnell told him Wark had “regularly” raised the issue of separate
Wark complained to the PCC that the article was inaccurate.
in an informal adjudication conveyed to the two parties, the PCC said:
“The commission considered that the newspaper was entitled to publish
under the terms of clause one (accuracy).
“The commission noted the news story distinguished the allegations as those of James MacMillan.”