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Report: McAlpine lawyers demanding more compensation from ITV than BBC

Phillip Schofield hands the Prime Minister a list of alleged abusers live on This Morning. Credit: ITV

He accepted £185,000 plus costs from the BBC last week over a Newsnight report, but the spokesman told the newspaper that ITV will have to pay more after This Morning host Phillip Schofield handed the Prime Minister a list of alleged abusers live on air.

The peer reportedly restricted the demand for compensation from the BBC because he was conscious that licence-payers’ money was involved, but the same does not apply to his action against ITV.

The spokesman said: “This was also done in broad daylight in a premeditated way in front of the Prime Minister.

"It was that programme that prompted Lord McAlpine to come out with his statement."

The Times reported that the broadcaster has been given until this afternoon to respond to a demand to pay damages.

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McAlpine's lawyers set to target 'principle tweeters'

Lawyers for Lord McAlpine are expected to take a tougher line over "principle tweeters" who mentioned false child abuse allegations about the Conservative peer on the social networking site, The Sunday Times (£) reported.

QI regular Alan Davies, a reporter for TV station Al Jazeera, a Guardian journalist, the Managing Director of a public relations company and a former barrister are among thousands of Twitter users who alluded to the allegations, according to the newspaper.

Comedian Alan Davies' comments have come under attack Credit: John Phillips/EMPICS Entertainment

Lord McAlpine's lawyers have found 1,000 "original" tweets and an additional 9,000 "retweets" - in which an original message is forwarded on by another Twitter users - and said the case could involve the largest number of defendants in British legal history.

Mr Davies declined to comment on the story, the newspaper added.

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MP: Settlement is 'a very expensive lesson for the BBC'

Conservative MP Rob Wilson, who had written to Ofcom and to the BBC Trust over Newsnight's false reports, has told ITV News that the corporation's settlement with Lord McAlpine is an "expensive lesson" for the BBC and for the licence fee payer:

This is a very expensive lesson for the BBC that it must maintain the highest standards of journalism and fairness at all times.

The settlement is also expensive and particularly hard on the license fee payer.

Many license fee payers will be incensed that they are paying for a self-inflicted wound.

Unfortunately, a protracted court case may well have cost a great deal more.

– Rob Wilson, Conservative MP for Reading East

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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