Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Cliff hanger

The BBC has had twenty days to think about the civil case laid in Chancery against them and the South Yorkshire Police, over the coverage of the police raid on the singer's home back in August 2014.

Sir Cliff's legal team have not been rebuffed by the BBC's assertion that they've done nothing wrong, a view supported, entertainingly, by Keith Vaz's Home Affairs Committee. Yesterday the BBC line remained unchanged: “We’ve said previously we are very sorry that Sir Cliff has suffered distress but we have a duty to report on matters of public interest and we stand by our journalism.”

The 26-page catch-all claim, seen by The Sun, talks about unlawful conduct, breaches of editorial guidelines, data protection and more. It's hard to see how either side can back down, so now it's down to witness lists and preparation - and more PR by both sides.

For a made-up take on what might have happened, read my post from September 2014.

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