(BBC) Britush Singer Sir Cliff Richard has won his privacy case against the BBC over its coverage of a police raid on his home.
High Court judge Mr Justice Mann awarded an initial £210,000 in damages.
The singer claimed the BBC’s reporting of the 2014 raid, which was part of an investigation into historical child sex allegations, was a “serious invasion” of privacy. He was never arrested or charged.
The BBC said journalists acted in good faith and it is considering an appeal.
Speaking outside the High Court in London, the BBC’s director of news and current affairs Fran Unsworth apologised to Sir Cliff and said: “In retrospect, there are things we would have done differently.”
But, she said, the case marked a “significant shift” against press freedom and an “important principle” around the public’s right to know was at stake.
n his judgement, Mr Justice Mann said the BBC had infringed Sir Cliff’s privacy rights in a “serious” and “sensationalist” way.
He rejected the BBC’s case that its reporting, which included footage filmed from a helicopter, was justified under rights of freedom of expression and of the press.