Tag Archives: BBC

An expectation of privacy in a spent conviction? XKF provides some practical guidance

In the case of XKF v BBC [2018] EWHC 1560 (QB), Mrs Justice Elisabeth Laing granted a privacy injunction to a former police officer, anonymised in these proceedings as XKF, to prevent the BBC from broadcasting film footage of him recorded at or near his home on 13 March 2018.

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Suspect Anonymity: is it actually feasible?

Former popstar and baby-boomer heart-throb Cliff Richard is suing the BBC for breach of privacy regarding its report that he had been accused of a sexual offence, and also its coverage in 2014 of the subsequent police raid on his home. The BBC coverage included use of a helicopter, and broadcasting the police search through the glass walls of Mr Richard’s property. He was later exonerated from the police investigation.

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Defamation and privacy claims: making a statement in open court

In Sir Cliff Richard OBE v the BBC and Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police [2017] EWHC 1648 (Ch), Mr Justice Mann reviewed the law on statements in open court, and the grounds upon which the court might refuse to permit them.

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Breach of privacy: BBC ordered to disclose information about Sir Cliff Police source

Although he has settled his claim against South Yorkshire Police (see our blog here), Sir Cliff Richard’s privacy and data protection claims against the BBC arising from the broadcaster’s coverage of the 2014 police raid of his home, continue in earnest.

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Breach of privacy: Sir Cliff Richard settles claim against South Yorkshire Police

Following a high-profile, televised police raid on his Berkshire home in 2014, Sir Cliff Richard issued claims against the BBC and South Yorkshire Police for the misuse of his private information, infringement of his Article 8 ECHR right to a private life, and breach of the Data Protection Act 1998. In a recent hearing before Mr Justice Mann, Sir Cliff’s legal team stated that they had reached a settlement agreement with South Yorkshire Police and had agreed to stay proceedings against the BBC for one month in an attempt to reach a settlement.

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Iain Wilson discusses combating ‘sextortion’ on television and radio

Brett Wilson LLP partner Iain Wilson took part in TV and radio interviews for BBC Points West and BBC Wiltshire on 23 November 2016 to offer an expert’s view on the latest sextortion racket.

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Iain Wilson on BBC Three Counties Radio discussing revenge porn a year after its criminalisation

Brett Wilson LLP partner Iain Wilson has been interviewed by Justin Dealey on BBC Three Counties Breakfast Show.  Mr Wilson was asked to take part in the show to provide an expert’s view on the impact of ‘revenge porn’ legislation, one year after it came into force.

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BBC agrees to pay Lord McAlpine £185,000 damages and legal costs

The BBC has agreed to pay Lord McAlpine £185,000 in damages, together with legal costs, following a Newsnight broadcast on 2 November 2012 which led to the peer wrongly being implicated in the alleged sexual abuse of children at north Wales care homes in the 1970s and 1980s. Lord McAlpine was not mentioned by name in the Newsnight broadcast, but had been identified  on Twitter prior to transmission.

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