Alan Jones claims SBS segment ‘greatly injured’ his reputation
Former 2GB Sydney Breakfast host Alan Jones is suing public broadcaster SBS.
Jones alleges a segment on The Feed, which aired on the day he announced his departure from radio after 35 years, made a number of false and defamatory claims.
The offending segment, a “tribute” to the veteran broadcaster, included vision of Jones coupled with a number of controversial statements narrated by presenter Alex Lee.
Among the allegations are that Jones spread “spread lies and fake news”, “made a career out of bullying people” and that he “secretly took money from companies” to spruik their products.
As reported by the SMH, in documents filed in the Federal Court last week, barristers Sue Chrysanthou SC and Kieran Smark SC argue the broadcast conveyed ten defamatory imputations.
Jones is seeking damages from SBS for aggravated damages, an order to permanently stop SBS and Lee from repeating the claims, an order to have the material taken down, and costs.
His lawyers say the segment was “over-sensationalised” with “intent to injure”, and that the show’s producers made no attempt to offer Jones a right of reply.