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ABC makes full apology to Ita Buttrose’s ex-husband over claims he was “selfish”

Asher Keddie as Ita Buttrose in Paper Giants

The ABC and production company Southern Star have today publicly apologised to Alisdair Macdonald, the former husband of magazine editor Ita Buttrose, over claims made in the mini-series Paper Giants.

The apology comes after Mumbrella reported last week that the defamation case had been settled out of court in mediation.

Further details of the settlement remain confidential, but DVDs of Paper Giants have been withdrawn from sale. The apology will also be broadcast on ABC1 next Sunday.

Macdonald took legal action after the show depicted him being threatened by Buttrose’s success, finally deserting his pregnant wife and young child.

According to Macdonald, the marriage continued for another three years after the birth of his second child, and he had not been contacted by the producers of the show to verify the way he was portrayed.The statement read as follows:

“Recently the ABC broadcast “Paper Giants – the Birth of Cleo”, a dramatised account of Ita Buttrose’s founding of Cleo magazine.  The program depicted Ms Buttorose’s first husband Alisdair Macdonald, abandoning her at the time of the birth of their second child. The ABC and Southern Star, the producers of Paper Giants, accept that this is untrue. The ABC and Southern Star withdraws those suggestions unreservedly and apologises to Mr McDonald and his family for them.”

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