Nine has settled a defamation claim on confidential terms with former Liberal leader John Hewson, avoiding a lawsuit that was due to commence today.
Hewson took issue with a report on A Current Affair last May surrounding GSA Insurance Brokers, a company he previously chaired. Hewson alleged it defamed him by suggesting he “failed to direct” the insurance broking company to pay insurance claims.
The Age reports Dr Hewson’s lawyers said ACA was told prior to broadcast that GSA Insurance Brokers was an insurance broker and not the insurer, which meant it was “not even the decision-maker” on claims.
Nine’s barrister claimed the “primary issue” was the meanings conveyed by the broadcast.
Hewson had also sought aggravated damages, including for “a 27-year-old interview … that was completely irrelevant…”
The segment cut to Dr Hewson’s infamous interview on ACA over the costs of birthday cake as part of GST reforms.