NEWSQUEST MEDIA GROUP COMPETITIONS – THE RULES
1. These terms and conditions (“Rules”) apply to all
competitions, prize draws, games, votes, promotions or any other similar commercial
offering (“competition”) by or on behalf of parent company Gannett
U.K. Ltd or any of its subsidiary companies, which together form the Newsquest
Media Group (“we”, “our” or “Newsquest”). By entering
into a competition, each entrant (“you” or “your”) is deemed
to have read the Rules and to have agreed to be bound by them, together with
any special rules, prize descriptions or instructions expressly stated to apply
to any particular competition (“Special Rules”). In the event of any
inconsistency between the Rules and Special Rules, the Special Rules shall prevail.
An entry for the purpose of these rules includes making a vote.
2. Except where stated otherwise in Special Rules, our competitions are open
to residents of the UK aged 18 years or over at the closing date of the competition.
If Special Rules allow entry by persons below the age of 18, permission from
a parent or guardian must be obtained.
3. Competitions are not open to our employees, the competition sponsors or anyone
else connected with the competition, or the immediate families or agents of
the foregoing. We have the right to verify the eligibility and identity of any
entrant, including by means of a passport or driving licence and utility bill.
4. Entries must be made only by the methods allowed in Special Rules. Only one
entry per person (or per telephone or mobile number, email address, household
or postal address as appropriate) is allowed, unless otherwise stated in Special
Rules. Where entry to a competition is by premium rate telephone call or text,
details of costs will be given.
5. Entries must be legible (or audible as the case may be) and correctly spelt,
and must be made on the official form, if there is one, or the official page
of the relevant website. Entries must include the entrant’s name, address,
email address and telephone number where requested. By entering the competition,
you confirm that all information submitted by you is true, current and complete.
We may reject any incomplete, illegible, altered, corrupted or multiple entry
or any entry which is otherwise in breach of the Rules.
6. Entries received after a stated closing time or date will not be entered
for the specified competition. We have no responsibility for incorrect, incomplete,
lost or delayed entries, or postal, telecommunication or internet faults, failures,
or delays or telecommunication network incompatibility. Proof of posting or
transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt by Newsquest. Entries
will not be acknowledged or returned.
7. We shall appoint the judge(s) of any competition. Where required by law or
regulation there shall be at least one independent judge. The guiding principle
is fairness: if the judge concludes that there has been unfairness, deceit or
misinformation in an entry or the conduct of the competition, entries may be
declared invalid or adjusted, the competition may be voided or the Rules and
Special Rules changed, in any such case to achieve fairness. If no entries reach
a required standard, prizes may not be awarded. In the event of any error affecting
the competition, whether printing, technological or otherwise, the judge shall
have discretion to continue the competition as if the error had not occurred.
In all matters, including tie-breakers, the decision of the judge(s) or Newsquest
(as the case may be) shall be final and unchallengeable. No correspondence or
discussion shall be entered into.
8. If the competition requires the collection of tokens or vouchers, only originals
are valid. No tokens or vouchers will be redeemable for cash. If payment is
required for entry, each entry must be accompanied by the appropriate entry
fee or proof of purchase, as appropriate.
9. The winner(s) will be chosen in accordance with the Special Rules, subject
to the exercise of the judge’s residual discretion. A competition draw
shall take place on the date as stated in the Special Rules and the winner(s)
shall be the first entry(ies) drawn at random from all qualifying entries. Otherwise,
where appropriate, the judge will examine all entries and award the prize to
the entry(ies) the judge considers the best. A tie breaker may be conducted
to determine an outright winner where necessary. If for any reason, whether
foreseen or not, there are more winners than there are prizes, the judge may
conduct a draw to choose the final winner(s).
10. Where we are unable to contact a winner within a reasonable period, or any
prize cannot be taken up or is declined or returned undelivered, a substitute
winner may be drawn or chosen (as the case may be) at our discretion without
further notice to the original winner, and the original winner shall cease to
be eligible for the prize or any alternative and shall have no claim against
us, the judges, the competition sponsor or their respective agents.
11. Newsquest and any competition sponsor may publish or broadcast your name,
details and/or photographs for promotional purposes in any medium and you are
required to co-operate with any reasonable request to take part in publicity
for the competition, your entry or the prize. The names of winners may be published
by us (including online at the website address given in the Special Rules) or
will be available on request by writing to the postal address in the Special
Rules, specifying the competition and including a self-addressed and stamped
envelope. Prize winners shall not without our prior written consent make public
or disclose to other media representatives any information in connection with
the competition or the prize.
12. A substitute prize of similar or greater value may be given should any prize
become unavailable for a reason beyond our control. Cash or credit alternatives
will not be offered and prizes are not transferable. Dates, destinations and
other specific prize details are subject to availability.
13. Any prize winner will be bound by the terms and conditions attaching to
a prize, for instance travel or venue tickets. Prize winners will be solely
responsible for obtaining passports, visas or licences or complying with other
regulations, wherever required.
14. We reserve the right to cancel the competition or amend the Rules or Special
Rules at any time without prior notice. You must check regularly the relevant
publication in which the competition is run and the website identified in the
Special Rules for changes to the Rules or Special Rules. By continuing to take
part in the competition subsequent to any revision of the Rules or Special Rules
or any part of them, you agree to be bound by such changes.
15. Newsquest, the competition sponsors and their respective agents will not
be liable for any circumstances beyond their reasonable control which prevent
or delay the completion of the competition, or the award or delivery of any
prize, or for any winner’s inability to take up or fully enjoy the prize
in the manner and at the time specified. Where a prize is provided by a sponsor,
such sponsor is solely liable to you for its failure or delay in delivering
the prize or for any unsatisfactory quality or misdescription in respect of
the prize. To the fullest extent permitted by law Newsquest, the sponsor and
their agents exclude their liability for any damages, losses, claims, costs
or expenses, however caused, which arise directly or indirectly from an entry
into a competition or the award or non-award, use or experience of a prize to
any entrant. We are not liable for any competition operated by a third party
but featured in a Newsquest publication or website, which shall be the responsibility
of such third party. Nothing in these Rules or Special Rules shall exclude liability
for fraud or for death or injury due to negligence.
16. Newsquest, the sponsor and their respective agents are not liable for any
damage to any computer or mobile telephone resulting from participation in or
downloading of any materials in connection with the competition. You acknowledge
that the internet is not a secure medium and information submitted to competitions
hosted on websites owned or controlled by Newsquest may be accessed by third
17. Any personal data relating to entrants will be used in accordance with current
We will not disclose your personal data to a third party without your prior
18. By entering a competition, you confirm that any literary, musical, artistic,
photographic or other work, including film or sound, (“work”), submitted
in connection with the competition is your own original work or is lawfully
licensed to you. You further confirm that your work, its entry into the competition
and our use of it as provided by these Rules or the Special Rules does not defame
any person or infringe the copyright or any other right of any third party,
breach any right of privacy or confidentiality or break any law.
19. In consideration of its providing the competition, you grant to Newsquest
for the full period of copyright (including any renewals and extensions) the
exclusive, irrevocable licence for first publication, broadcast, display and
performance and thereafter a non-exclusive irrevocable licence for publication,
broadcast, display, performance, reproduction, distribution, syndication and
other exploitation of any work submitted by you in connection with the competition,
in each case in all media and formats and any future media and formats worldwide,
together with the right to sub-license such rights to other persons.
20. The Rules and Special Rules shall be governed and construed in accordance
with the laws of England and Wales and you and Newsquest submit to the exclusive
jurisdiction of the English courts (except in the case of competitions run by
or on behalf of Newsquest (Herald & Times) Ltd when the applicable law and
courts shall be those of Scotland). Newsquest‘s websites are only intended
to be accessed from the United Kingdom. Newsquest makes no representation that
materials on any of our websites relating to a competition are appropriate or
available for use at other locations and access to them from territories where
their contents are illegal is strictly prohibited. If you access any Newsquest
website outside of the United Kingdom, you are responsible for compliance with
all local laws.
Newsquest Media Group Ltd, registered in England with company number 1676637and
registered address at 58 Church Street, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 8DP.
We shall use and take care of any personal information you supply to us as
described in this policy in accordance with data protection legislation. By
entering the competition, you agree to the collection, retention, usage and
distribution of your personal information as described in this policy, as may
be amended from time to time. But you can withdraw your consent at any time
by contacting us as provided below. (Persons under 18 should not disclose to
us any personal information without first getting the permission of a parent
or guardian). Changes to this policy will be published here and you must check
regularly to ensure that you are kept up-to-date.
When entering a competition we may ask for your name, email address,
telephone number, date of birth, and other personal details. This allows us
to process your competition entry, and we may use your details to contact you
to keep you up-dated.
If you log into one of our websites to enter a competition, some
other technical data may collected automatically and this is explained in the
Your personal information may be disclosed if we are obliged or
permitted to do so by law. We may also disclose your personal information to
other companies within the Newsquest Group and to selected commercial organisations.
We or they may then send information to you about goods and services, by any
means of communication, including post, telephone or email. By entering the
competition you consent to receiving such material in this way, but you can
ask us to stop it at any time by contacting the addresses below.
We will keep your personal information securely on our systems
for as long as may be necessary for the purposes described in this policy. At
any time you can tell us at the addresses below if you do not want us to continue
to store and use your details and we will delete them (subject to any relevant
retention requirement in law).
You are entitled to request personal data that we hold about you
for a small charge. You can insist that we correct any information about you.
If you do not wish to receive any communication or material or
you want us to delete your personal data, tell us by writing to the postal and/or
email address given in the newspaper or online in connection with the competition.
If you entered by mobile telephone, you can remove your number
from our databases by sending a text message to 80360 with the word ‘stop’.
Newsquest Media Group 2009