News Corp apologises to Karl Stefanovic as part of defamation settlement

News Corp has issued an apology to Nine’s Karl Stefanovic over “incorrect” claims about his career.

Stefanovic – who has recently been re-installed at the helm of the Today show – had started defamation proceedings against News Corp’s Nationwide News – over suggestions he took a $1m paycut to return to his prominent position.

Stefanovic will be back on screens on 6 January, 2020 

In today’s issue of The Sunday Telegraph, the publisher apologised for its November articles, and accepted “that this figure is incorrect”.

“Mr Stefanovic still has a year to run  on his current contract with Nine and its terms remain unaltered,” the apology on page 90 read.

“We apologise to Mr Stefanovic for any hurt and embarrassment caused by the publication of these articles.”

The legal proceedings have also ceased, with the apology stating: “Mr Stefanovic has agreed to discontinue his defamation proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia on terms confidential between the parties.”

Nine said it acknowledges and welcomes the apology.

Stefanovic and the new Today line-up will return to screens on 6 January.


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