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

Lord McAlpine's spokesman told The Times (£) it was "quite clear" ITV will have to pay significantly more in libel damages than the BBC over false claims linking the Conservative peer to child abuse.

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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