ABC offers another apology and to pay Chris Kenny’s costs over Chaser dog sex stoush

News Corp Columnist Chris Kenny. Image supplied

News Corp Columnist Chris Kenny. Image supplied

The ABC has offered to settle its ongoing legal stoush with The Australian columnist Chris Kenny who is suing the broadcaster and members of The Chaser after an episode of The Hamster Wheel depicted a manipulated image of him having sex with a dog.

A letter from the public broadcaster’s legal department sent today and obtained by Mumbrella proposes to pay Kenny’s legal costs up to the date of the letter and read out a formal apology in court, and points out he has already received a public apology from the managing director Mark Scott.

It adds Kenny has publicly stated he does not want taxpayer’s money wasted by the ABC in it’s defence of the matter, which on Monday had a hearing date set for one of the matters before the NSW Supreme Court.

” We understand from various media coverage of the Proceedings that your client has stated that an apology from the ABC would have avoided litigation. Further, we note that your client stated in an interview given to Channel 9 on 5 March 2014 that he did not believe that taxpayers should be paying for the ABC to defend this matter,” states the letter which carries today’s date.

The letter also states the ABC does not believe Kenny will be successful in his appeal of the matter.

Scott apologised to Kenny in April after resisting calls to do so after the incident in September last year following a broadcast of the show by The Chaser team.

Kenny, who is associate editor of The Australian and an ardent critic of the public broadcaster has consistently demanded an apology and launched defamation proceedings against the ABC which began in the Supreme Court last month.

Read the ABC letter in full.

Chris Kenny has been contacted for comment by Mumbrella.

A spokeswoman for The Australian’s publisher News Corp said the company would not comment on the ABC’s offer.


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