Liverpool-based journalist Tony Barrett has resigned from his position as Merseyside football correspondent for The Times after the paper’s failure to cover the Hillsborough inquest verdicts on its front page. (via Guardian).
It was one of only two mainstream UK papers not to do so, with the other being the S*n. Both are owned by Rupert Murdoch.
Barrett simply tweeted “unbelievable” when the front page was released:
— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) April 26, 2016
He then issued an apology the following day:
To everyone who’s been let down I’m so sorry.
— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) April 27, 2016
The Times quickly admitted it had made a mistake and issued an apology:
We’ve been criticised today for not having Hillsborough on our first edition front page. This is our response: pic.twitter.com/GNhBN6g3S1
— The Times of London (@thetimes) April 27, 2016
We are certain that Barrett – a reliable and well-respected LFC journalist – will quickly find himself a new role, and we commend him for taking a stand over something he passionately believed to be wrong.