By Roger Pearson
BBC news reporter Kate Adie has received a public apology from The Sun after it accepted it was wrong to accuse her of endangering the Prime Minister’s life by revealing his travel plans in the month after the September 11 attacks.
She is also to receive undisclosed damages and costs.
Lawyers for The Sun accepted that the Prime Minister’s planned trip to Oban on 9 October 2001 had already been reported when Adie, then the BBC’s chief news correspondent, referred to it in a broadcast that day.
Adie sued over an article in The Sun on 10 October, 2001, headlined “Sack Kate Adie – Fury at Security Boob”. The paper claimed she had therefore been guilty of serious misconduct meriting summary dismissal. It also suggested that the BBC had deliberately sidelined her from New York following the September 11 attacks.
Adie’s counsel, Lucy Moorman, told the High Court The Sun now accepted it was not Adie who revealed Tony Blair’s travel plans and accepted her switch from New York was to cover the conflict in Afghanistan.