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Devon weekly apologises after running front page story about event in Kent

Devon weekly newspaper

A weekly newspaper in Devon has apologised after it ran a story about a rugby club visit taking place 200 miles away on its front page.

The Midweek Herald published a correction following the error earlier this month, which saw it confuse Cranbrook in Devon with Cranbrook in Kent.

The report claimed children would have the chance to take part in a training camp with top-flight rugby club Harlequins who were visiting the town.

An apology in the Midweek Herald’s Cranbrook edition last week read: “In the Cranbrook edition of the Midweek Herald, we ran a front page story under the headline ‘Harlequins set to run training camp’.

“As many readers spotted, this story was published in error, as the Cranbrook the club was visiting was the Cranbrook in Kent.

“We apologise for the error, which falls well below the standards we expect of ourselves. We are happy to set the record straight.”

The correction ran on page 14 of the 21 August edition of the paper, but was also signposted on the front page.

The Archant-owned title is based in Clyst Honiton near Exeter.

Picture: Midweek Herald

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8 thoughts on “Devon weekly apologises after running front page story about event in Kent”

  1. This embarrassing faux pas, the result of relying on staff who,in the main, have little experience, limited local knowledge and almost no good local contacts ,was always an accident waiting to happen.
    Having said that how anyone can get a front page lead story THAT wrong beggars belief.
    Maybe the content chief ( if the company still has one) should spend more time on sorting the accuracy of the company’s local title contents to prevent errors such as this happening and less with his own limited appeal, resource sucking vanity project.

  2. I don’t think there’s much surprise this happened at Archant, where ‘content creation’ now appears to be veering off in two completely different directions. On the one hand you’ve weeklies struggling for resources..On the other hand, The New European has the budget to commission Will Self. Resources need to be more evenly spread or some of the print titles have got a very short life expectancy.

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