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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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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

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