17 December 2009
Publisher pays compensation after man wins libel claims
A major publishing firm has been ordered to payout compensation to a man who took legal action against it.
News Group Newspapers (NGN), a subsidiary of News International, was sued by Barry George over articles suggesting he had killed TV presenter Jill Dando a decade ago.
The organisation's Sun and News of the World publications were at the centre of the legal case.
They had featured articles suggesting he was a stalker and linking him to the killing.
During a recent court hearing, NGN issued an apology and a payout was awarded.
Although the details have not been disclosed, it is thought to be six figures.
Mr George said: "I am pleased that the matter between me and NGN has been amicably settled following successful mediation and without the need for litigation."
Before her death in 1999, Ms Dando had presented a number of BBC television shows, including Crime Watch and Breakfast News.