ITV pay compensation to McAlpine

ITV and Phillip Schofield have agreed to pay £125,000 to Conservative peer Lord McAlpine to settle his libel claim, after an incident on the This Morning programme in November.

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McAlpine 'conscious settlement will be paid by licence payers'

Lord McAlpine said:

I am delighted to have reached a quick and early settlement with the BBC.

I have been conscious that any settlement will be paid by the licence fee-payers, and have taken that into account in reaching agreement with the BBC.

We will now be continuing to seek settlements from other organisations that have published defamatory remarks and individuals who have used Twitter to defame me.

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'Disciplinary action' after This Morning investigation

ITV released a statement today after finishing its investigation into This Morning. It came after presenter Phillip Schofield handed the Prime Minister a list of alleged paedophiles he had found online.

Last Thursday we began an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the mistake on that day's This Morning programme, for which both Phillip Schofield and ITV apologised. This investigation has now concluded and the appropriate disciplinary action has been taken. We sincerely apologise because the way in which the issue was raised was clearly wrong and should have been handled differently. We have taken steps to make sure our editorial processes are always properly followed, which was not the case in this instance, and to ensure such an error will not be made again.

– ITV STATEMENT

Lord McAlpine's solicitor may agree BBC settlement today

Lord McAlpine's solicitor, Andrew Reid, told Radio 4 he was hoping to agree a settlement with the BBC today:

Lord McAlpine is more than aware that the ultimate people who will paying for any monies that he may receive are in fact the licence payers, the people who really own the BBC, and he is very much aware of this and hence any agreement that is reached is tempered in the light of that.

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