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BBC agrees libel fee over Panorama documentary

BBC agrees libel fee over Panorama documentary

The broadcast of a Panorama documentary on the BBC has led to the corporation having to pay "substantial" libel damages.

Father and son Guelfo and Paolo Marcucci, who are behind the Marcucci Group of companies, sued over The Price of Blood, a documentary screened in October 2006.

According to a report by the Press Gazette, solicitor-advocate for the Marcuccis Graham Atkins accused the BBC of making damaging and untrue allegations in the programme.

The corporation has now accepted the statements made in the show were false and agreed a substantial compensation package with Guelfo and Paulo.

It will also be forced to contribute to the legal fees involved in taking the case to the High Court, where it was presided over by Justice Eady, who has been in the news recently for his involvement in a number of superinjunction cases.

Clare Kissin, for the BBC, stated the corporation had not intended to suggest the Marcuccis "had sold or distributed infected blood derivative products, or that they had endangered lives".

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Posted by Francesca Witney