A LOT of this morning's nationals have carried the story about our columnist Peter Mullen getting himself into hot water with some ill-advised comments about homosexuals on his blog.

It was also mentioned by Sarah kennedy on BBC Radio 2 this morning.

I got a call when I came in from Peter, asking my advice on whether he should issue an apology via the Press Association.

I told him I thought it was the right thing to do.

I've always subscribed to the view that when things go wrong, the best thing to do is hold your hands up and say sorry.

Even though the comments were made on Peter's own personal blog and have nothing to do with The Northern Echo, he will also be issuing an apology in his Echo column next week.