The Scotsman has apologised to a reader who complained that an in-paper promotional campaign could be construed as racist.
Deputy editor, Ian Stewart, who also acts as the newspaper’s Readers’ Ombudsman, explained in his weekly column: “I received complaints over a promotional campaign in the paper that linked the Scotland-England rugby international to a book on Saturday.
“It said: ‘Bannockburn, 1314, there was blood. Next Saturday 15.15, there will be blood’.
“Gillian Woodman complained that it stirred up anti-English hatred. It was meant very tongue-in-cheek and I don’t believe it did stir up hatred, but it probably is a mindset we should move away from. Sorry.”
Meanwhile, there have been a few changes at The Scotsman business desk. Peter Ranscombe, currently editorial assistant, becomes a business reporter, and Alice Ross is joining from Money Management, part of the FT Group, as business correspondent.
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