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Offline Miss Taken Identity

Re: Cliff Richard wins substantial damages from BBC.
« Reply #15 on: July 19, 2018, 12:44:45 PM »
Of course, Cliff has never courted the media once.

I said he doesn't need to. He is already famous, wealthy and well loved by many. Was that your best come back from my post?  hmmmmm
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Offline Vertigo Swirl

Re: Cliff Richard wins substantial damages from BBC.
« Reply #16 on: July 19, 2018, 01:08:48 PM »
I said he doesn't need to. He is already famous, wealthy and well loved by many. Was that your best come back from my post?  hmmmmm
Why is he famous then?  Nothing to do with the media of course!

Online John

Re: Cliff Richard wins substantial damages from BBC.
« Reply #17 on: July 19, 2018, 04:19:31 PM »
I assume the allegations against Sir Cliff never progressed beyond the investigatory stage as there was insufficient evidence to back up the complainants claims.  The police informant and the BBC jumped the gun in what they did and were rightly found liable IMO.

The very narrow line between public interest and defamation isn't always definable, the difficulty for Sir Cliff and anyone else tarnished by the media is that they will always have that dark shadow of suspicion envelop them.
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Offline Sunny

Re: Cliff Richard wins substantial damages from BBC.
« Reply #18 on: July 19, 2018, 10:26:18 PM »
I assume the allegations against Sir Cliff never progressed beyond the investigatory stage as there was insufficient evidence to back up the complainants claims.  The police informant and the BBC jumped the gun in what they did and were rightly found liable IMO.

The very narrow line between public interest and defamation isn't always definable, the difficulty for Sir Cliff and anyone else tarnished by the media is that they will always have that dark shadow of suspicion envelop them.

I  agree with every word you have said John. Also doesn't it sound very similar to Brenda Leyland's tragic experience too.  Particularly as I have read she committed no crime
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Online John

Re: Cliff Richard wins substantial damages from BBC.
« Reply #19 on: July 22, 2018, 10:00:31 PM »
I  agree with every word you have said John. Also doesn't it sound very similar to Brenda Leyland's tragic experience too.  Particularly as I have read she committed no crime

There definitely are parallels, Sir Cliff could have ended up just like BL had he succumbed to the allegations.
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Offline Brietta

Re: Cliff Richard wins substantial damages from BBC.
« Reply #20 on: July 23, 2018, 04:12:16 PM »
There definitely are parallels, Sir Cliff could have ended up just like BL had he succumbed to the allegations.

I don't see any parallels with Brenda Leyland's suicide.  As far as I know Sir Cliff never went out of his way to use twitter to to say a bad word about anyone.  He was the victim of this ... not the instigator.
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Offline Angelo222

Re: Cliff Richard wins substantial damages from BBC.
« Reply #21 on: July 23, 2018, 04:22:49 PM »
I don't see any parallels with Brenda Leyland's suicide.  As far as I know Sir Cliff never went out of his way to use twitter to to say a bad word about anyone.  He was the victim of this ... not the instigator.

You're missing the point Brietta.  BL was driven to suicide by the actions of a Sky News reporter while Cliff Richard might well have gone the same way by the actions of a BBC News producer.

ETA. Neither Brenda or Sir Cliff did anything illegal apparently so both news organisations were out of order.
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Offline Erngath

Re: Cliff Richard wins substantial damages from BBC.
« Reply #22 on: July 25, 2018, 08:19:47 AM »
You're missing the point Brietta.  BL was driven to suicide by the actions of a Sky News reporter while Cliff Richard might well have gone the same way by the actions of a BBC News producer.

ETA. Neither Brenda or Sir Cliff did anything illegal apparently so both news organisations were out of order.


Thankfully the libellous newspaper headlines,  the many vile tweets, the many scurrilous false accusatios against the McCanns who also  have committed no crime has not driven either of them to commit suicide.
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Offline Miss Taken Identity

Re: Cliff Richard wins substantial damages from BBC.
« Reply #23 on: August 31, 2018, 10:10:36 PM »
There is no evidence that the mccanns commited 'no crime'.

There is also no comparison regarding the press pack.  Sir Cliff and Brenda did not invite the press and court it on these issues. They were both 'reported' to the police and press by others,both found not to have commited any crime.

 Back on topic as the McCanns have their very own thread. Some people eat, sleeep and breath McCanns!

Cliff was very ill by looking at him in some pictures you could amost feel the stress- I am surprised he didn't die of heart failure. He did have a lot of support and I believe I read his faith helped him,I am given to understand He did have 'those thoughts' when he was very low.


There has been a bit of a witch hunt regarding Sir Cliff, over the years, he was hounded about his 'sexuality' -wrongly accused of being involved of sexual deviency in the 60's. I belive this is because he has a faith and is seen as too squeaky clean living they need to find 'dirt' on him. This is 'the press' folks.  Sex sells and the sexually fustrated buy.

I really don't like his music, or his gushing about God...but He is not deserving of what he had to endure these past years.
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