Phillips settles

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The Daily Mail has apologised to GMTV presenter Fiona Phillips, who has agreed to settle her libel claim against Associated Newspapers.

In an article last October, the Mail suggested that because of negative audience research, GMTV had wanted to cut Phillips’ salary and hours.

The Mail has apologised to Phillips, accepted the allegations were untrue and agreed to pay a substantial sum by way of compensation to Richard House Children’s Hospice. It will also pay her legal costs.

Her lawyer, Amber Melville-Brown of David Price Solicitors & Advocates, said: “This litigation was brought to protect my client’s reputation.”

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