The BBC does not challenge a decision on its coverage of a police raid on Sir Cliff Richard in 2014 in the Court of Appeal.
A judge of the supreme Court has ruled that the BBC had breached the singer’s privacy, awarding him £210,000 in damages in July, and refused permission to appeal.
The corporation now seeking the advice of the attorney general’s ruling impacts future reports.
Sir Cliff was never arrested or charged during the police investigation.
It followed a complaint made by a man who claimed he was sexually assaulted by Sir Cliff in an event at the Sheffield United Bramall Lane in 1985, when he was a child.
The BBC has apologised to Sir Cliff for the distress caused by its coverage, but I originally wanted permission to appeal the decision, arguing that the court ruling could threaten the freedom of the press.
After considering the refusal of the High Court of appeal of the application, the chain has decided not to go directly to the court of Appeal.
However, it is writing to ask the attorney general “to consider a review of the law in this area is important to protect the right to adequate and correctly the report to criminal investigations, and the name of the person under investigation”.
Reaction to the Sir Cliff case
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Last month, Mr Justice Mann ruled in favour of Sir Cliff, 77, after the trial in London.
The judge’s findings included that Sir Cliff had a right to privacy, while he was a suspect in the South Yorkshire Police investigation – surpassing the issuer of the right to freedom of expression to post their name and the cover of the raid.
Concluded that the coverage of the BBC – which involved a helicopter to film the search at Sir Cliff’s Berkshire home – it had been a “very serious” invasion of privacy.
Lord Justice Mann granted to Sir Cliff’s £190,000 damages and an extra £20,000 in aggravated damages after the BBC introduced their coverage of the raid for a prize.
The BBC was told to pay 65% of the € 190,000 and the South Yorkshire police 35%.
The BBC also agreed to pay Sir Cliff’s £850,000 towards their legal costs.
The Police in South Yorkshire had agreed to pay Sir Cliff’s £400,000 after the settlement of a claim he filed against the force.