Sir Cliff Richard wins 'substantial' damages from BBC

Angelo Anderson
July 18, 2018

Sir Cliff Richard been awarded more than £200,000 in damages after winning his High Court privacy battle against the BBC over its coverage of a police search of his home.

After the ruling, Sir Cliff's close friend, Gloria Hunniford, rushed to the Loose Women studio to talk about the result.

Singer Cliff Richard arrives at the High Court for judgement in the privacy case he brought against the BBC, in central London, Britain, July 18, 2018.

"It's going to take a little while for me to get over the whole emotional factor", a tearful Richard said outside court.

Lawyer Emma Woollcott with the firm Mishcon de Reya said the judgment "vindicates" Richard's view that the BBC's reporting was intrusive.

He awarded Sir Cliff £190,000 damages and an extra £20,000 in aggravated damages after the BBC submitted its coverage of the raid for an award.

The singer has already received £400,000 in damages from South Yorkshire police who had tipped-off the broadcaster about the raid that was broadcast live from a helicopter.

During the hearing Mr Richard told the judge that coverage, which involved the use of a helicopter, was a "very serious invasion" of his privacy.

"That means that, save in exceptional circumstances, people should never be named unless and until they are charged".

Gloria said Sir Cliff had "lost weight" during the court battle and "hadn't been able to stop talking about it".

In his evidence, Sir Cliff had said in the years leading up to August 2014, he had worked regularly, released a new album every 18 months or so and usually played a number of concerts.

Sir Cliff claimed his right to privacy under the Human Rights Act had been violated while the BBC argued that the same act protects freedom of expression.

"It will make it harder to scrutinise the conduct of the police and we fear it will undermine the wider principle of the public's right to know".

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