Prime Minister's Honours List - BBC pays Damages for Slur
The BBC is to pay Lady Falkender £75,000 in damages over a drama documentary claiming she conducted an adulterous affair with Harold Wilson and exercised undue influence over the compilation of his resignation honours list.
In an out-of-court settlement, the corporation has also agreed to pay an estimated £200,000 in costs and promised never to re-broadcast The Lavender List, shown on the cable channel BBC 4 last year. The latter condition will cost the corporation dear as the critically acclaimed drama would have been repeated regularly.
"As Lord Wilson always made clear throughout the period after he left office ... the 1976 list was his own work and included only those individuals he himself believed ought to be honoured."
An excellent drama which I enjoyed watching but how silly of the BBC to suggest a Prime Minister would award peerages on the say-so of an advisor and that the reason a couple of old fraudsters were ennobled was for anything less than the most honourable reasons. Of course it will be the licence payer who pays for their slip up.