Michael Parkinson Accepts Libel Damages From Daily Mail

March 3, 2010 by  
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Sir Michael Parkinson has accepted £25,000 libel damages over a newspaper claim that he had lied about his family background.

The article – ‘Who’s Telling Parkies’ was published by ardent truth-mongers The Daily Mail in May last year – caused considerable distress and harm to Sir Michael, 74, who has described his upbringing in the mining community of Cudworth, near Barnsley, in his autobiography.

It suggested that he had behaved in a grossly insensitive way towards his elderly uncle, Bernard Parkinson, and alleged he had intentionally lied about his family background and his father, by painting a false picture of a harmonious and close knit family and by presenting his father as an honest and well-liked man.

Sir Michael, who was at London’s High Court for the settlement of his action against Associated Newspapers, said he would donate the sum in full to two charities – the Alexander Devine Children’s Cancer Trust and a school for orphans in South Africa.