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Defamation


  1. The law relating to defamation is complex. Generally a defamatory statement is one that contains an imputation by which the reputation of a person is likely to be injured, or by which other persons are likely to shun or avoid or ridicule or despise that person. In many situations the fact that the statement is true may not provide a defence. Announcers are to avoid any statements which might be considered defamatory.
  2. Commercial radio and TV stations have access to a team of Lawyers to vet potentially defamatory material before it is broadcast, in order to walk that fine line between acceptable comment and defamation. If you wish to Broadcast any controversial material where there is a risk of defamation, you should consult the Board prior to broadcast.
  3. Announcers should also realise that our insurance policy covers the Co operative against claims, not the individual announcer. A person defamed will usually take action against the station but they may add the announcer as a party to the proceedings. You could be held personally liable for damages, which in defamation cases are often substantial. In some cases the insurance company could claim a contribution or indemnity from the announcer responsible.
  4. In view of the foregoing, when in doubt, don't say it.

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