Two Ten Communications apologised to ITN in the High Court last
week over allegations in a press release which it distributed for the
magazine Living Marxism. It also agreed to pay the legal costs of ITN
and journalists Penny Marshall and Ian Williams.
The solicitor for the PR news service told the court that the company
wanted to apologise for the ’distress and damage caused by the
allegations of deceit and concealment made in Living Marxism’s press
release which it accepts are untrue and without foundation’. Later Paul
McFarland, MD of Two Ten, said that releases put out on the UNS Newswire
are normally checked ’not just for our own sake but as a service to our
PR clients many of whom rely on our editorial skills to improve their
’The Defamation Act offers some protection to innocent distributors, and
had we simply mailed or faxed the release in Living Marxism’s name we
believe we would have been safe,’ said McFarland.
ITN is also suing Living Marxism, which called into question ITN’s
coverage of the Bosnian conflict in an article in its February issue.