James Whale Drops Suit Against TalkSport
September 24, 2008 at 5:23 AM (PT)
GLOBAL RADIO Talk LBC/LONDON host JAMES WHALE has dropped his lawsuit against his former employer, UTV national U.K. Sports station TALKSPORT, for wrongful dismissal.
WHALE sued TALKSPORT for firing him in JUNE after he told listeners to vote for BORIS JOHNSON in the LONDON mayoral election, but pulled the suit due to financial considerations, telling the GUARDIAN that "I felt I deserved better than to be sacked, but the fact of the matter is that the legal system in this country precludes an individual taking on a big company. I have run out of funds and I just could not continue. I have still got a lot of friends at TALKSPORT... and I think I have made my point. There is no point dwelling on it."
"I was angry at the way I was treated by the company after all that time. I feel better now because I have got it out of my system," said WHALE. "I am going to continue with my new challenge which is to help make LBC LONDON's most successful radio station. My wife and I have been under an enormous amount of strain over the past couple of months and we have decided to draw a line under it. I haven't benefited monetarily in any shape or form. I have got absolutely no money out of it."
A spokesperson for UTV RADIO told the GUARDIAN, "We are pleased that all legal proceedings against TALKSPORT and UTV RADIO have been withdrawn by JAMES WHALE and can confirm that no payment of any kind has been made."