Cambridge News blames 'technical problem' for 'INSERT HEADLINE HERE' headline

Cambridge News says staff weren't to blame

This is the front page which greeted the people of Cambridge this morning

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A regional newspaper has blamed technical difficulties after publishing a default page-holder headline on its front page this morning, to widespread mockery.

'Cambridge News' was trending on Twitter after pictures emerged of the paper's front-page, bearing the headline '100PT SPLASH HEADING HERE'.

Staff working on print newspapers regularly insert such instructions as defaults during the design process. "100pt" refers to the size of the desired font, while "splash" is newspaper jargon for a major headline.

Cambridge News has now said sorry to its readers, but stressed that human error was not the cause of the mistake.

The apology begins: "The Cambridge News is issuing an apology to its readers after an error with the front page of today's (December 6) edition of the newspaper.

"Due to a technical problem, the main headline did not appear on the Cambridge edition, although the correct one was printed in the Cambourne edition of the paper."

The paper's editor-in-chief, David Bartlett, said: "I want to apologise sincerely to our readers for this mistake, which happened due to a technical problem.

"We are still looking into how this happened and want our readers to know we take this seriously."

The paper also says its headline should have read "£2M FOR 'SEX LAIR' SCHOOL."