23 April 2009
Michael Grade takes action over alleged libel
ITV executive chairman Michael Grade is taking legal action in a case of alleged libel.
The high-profile TV executive has issued a high court writ against the Times over a comment piece written by former BBC director-general Greg Dyke.
In the piece, which was entitled "Grade's ITV is in a classic lose-lose situation", Mr Dyke was critical of Mr Grade's professional conduct while he was chairman of the BBC's board of governors.
He was also critical of Mr Grade's role in managing ITV's finances, questioning whether he has a long-term strategic plan for the commercial broadcaster.
It is thought that Mr Grade's lawyers wrote to the Times - which is owned by News International subsidiary Times Newspapers - after the article was published last month demanding an apology.
The Times rejected that demand and has indicated that it will defend any legal action.
It said: "The Times has no wish to be involved in any sort of dispute with Michael Grade. We very much wish to resolve this without litigation - but we will also defend our position, if we feel we should."