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Pete Price – not in my name

Secret Diary blogger apologises and says 'I'll never do it again'

Published on February 16th 2010.


Pete Price – not in my name

A 25-YEAR-OLD MAN from Southport has written a letter of apology and has been cautioned by police after he was identified as the author of a blog purporting to be by the Radio City DJ Pete Price.

Outspoken Pete was foaming with rage when he discovered a blog had been set up in his name, in which various well known “sexy networking” types in Liverpool were described as “scumbags” and “vile no marks”.

The blog, The Secret Diary of Pete Price, went live at the start of Capital of Culture year and was initially very entertaining, yes it was, given that the fun it poked - at figures within the local media, the Culture Company and Liverpool City Council - was mostly harmless.

All written in the characteristic, hot-under-the-collar lingo of PP, the Secret Diary of Pete Price also displayed a knowledge of its victims that prompted many conspiracy theorists to speculate that it must be an insider job. “What sick mind in Radio Merseyside would stoop this low?”

Some more naïve people thought it was the real Pete Price. Confidential was more of the opinion that the author was merely a listener of Pete Price's radio phone-in, who had taken inspiration from stuff out in the blog-sphere already, which seems to be the case.

It could and should have ended there but a second incarnation of the blog, last year, lost its way and sacrificed the clever humour for unfortunate personal attacks on fairly hapless individuals.

And still some people thought it was the real him.

PP told the Echo: “My friends were starting to say ‘Is it Pricey?’ It came to a head when a jewellers were slagged off and they asked what they had ever done to Pete Price.

“There was also an occasion when a stranger came up to me and threatened me at Aintree Racecourse because of something that was written about their friend.”

The real blogger, perhaps hoping to avoid court action, has penned the following to the real PP, who once snorted cocaine and then felt so bad that he turned himself into police. Guilt garnering is obviously infectious.

“I was unaware to the extent to which the blog had caused and the grief it has created to yourself and those mentioned within the blog,” it says.

“I am not proud of my actions, and did come to realise enough is enough, therefore stopped doing it many months ago.

“Originally it was to vent my anger at certain people (those mentioned) and by posing as yourself would cause publicity. The power of the internet is immense and it got blown into massive proportions.

“I do deeply regret doing the blog, and I promise that I will never do anything like this again.”

Google won't remove content from blogs without a court order and although the secret blog has closed, the second, public blog is still online. But we have forgotten what it's called, which is probably just as well.

In the meantime, we have often wondered how on earth veteran Mersey mirthmaster Ken Dodd found the time in 2008 to do this.

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