2GB Hit By Defamation Award
April 4, 2008 at 5:23 AM (PT)
MACQUARIE/HARBOUR RADIO Talk 2GB/SYDNEY and host ALAN JONES have been hit with a A$360,000 judgment for defaming Australian Olympic head JOHN COATES.
Justice MICHAEL ADAMS made the damage award after a jury found that JONES had defamed COATES on DECEMBER 2004 broadcasts. JONES alleged that COATES had covered up the facts in the controversial Olympic women's rowing incident in which SALLY ROBBINS stopped rowing before the finish line, and that COATES had bullied the rowers to say what he wanted them to say and had incompetently managed the issue.
The station is considering an appeal of the award.