04 March 2010
Sir Michael Parkinson wins libel case
TV personality Sir Michael Parkinson has been successful in his bid to claim libel damages from a UK publication.
The renowned interviewer and broadcaster sued the Daily Mail over allegations made in an article last May, the Merchant News reports.
The 74-year-old - who was born in Yorkshire and has enjoyed an illustrious career in journalism - has won £25,000 from the paper, which he is to donate to a school for orphans based in South Africa, as well as the Alexander Devine Children's Cancer Trust.
His complaint centred on a piece in which it was said that he lied about the background of his family.
It was suggested that he painted a false image of his relatives by stating they were close.
During a recent hearing, the Daily Mail admitted that the information was false and it agreed to compensate Sir Michael, as well as pay his legal fees.