Those hoping to have turned the page on the long-running page 3 saga at the Sun will be left disappointed this morning after the tabloid announced to its readers that topless women would continue to be displayed.
It follows two days of speculation surrounding the future of the much-criticised practice after the paper’s sister title, The Times, announced that the sun had finally set on page 3.
Despite previously refusing to confirm or deny the reports The Sun has now officially scotched such rumours however, ‘apologising’ on behalf of newspapers which ran the story and printing another image of a topless woman.
In a front page splash under the heading ‘We’ve had a mammary lapse, clarifications and corrections’ The Sun said: “Further to recent reports in all other media outlets, we would like to clarify that this is Page 3 and this is a picture of Nicole, 22, from Bournemouth.
"We would like to apologise on behalf of the print and broadcast journalists who have spent the last two days talking and writing about us.”
— Page 3 (@officialpage3) January 21, 2015
Page 3 has been a recurring fixture of The Sun since the 1970s but has been scaled back in recent years, no longer appearing in weekend editions and some weekday editions too amidst complaints that it is sexist.
Despite news of the backtrack Page 3 campaigners have vowed to continue the fight.
So it seems the fight might be back on. Thanks to @TheSunNewspaper for all the publicity they've given the campaign. See you tomorrow xxx
— NoMorePage3 (@NoMorePage3) January 21, 2015