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The $2.5 million defamation action launched this week by Queensland’s Wagner family against broadcaster Alan Jones, his employer Harbour Radio (owners of 2GB), radio station 4BC, and journalist Nick Cater in relation to broadcast and published claims about the Wagner’s culpability for the 2011 Grantham flood, and the resultant tragic deaths, promises to be the defamation suit of the century.
Should Jones and company decide to defend the claim rather than seek an early settlement – and mark my words they will, for this is not just any ordinary court case, it’s a battle to the death between media giants Fairfax, who own the radio stations and employ Jones, and News Ltd, who Jones has attacked unmercifully over their Grantham reporting – then it will hog the headlines for years to come.
We will write a whole lot more about the case in the coming weeks, and provide you with a few history lessons that highlight the potential folly of the Wagner’s ways. Right now though we are going to be the first media outlet in the nation to provide you with a copy of the Wagner’s Statement of Claim, and thus allow you the exclusive opportunity to read the Wagner’s claims against Jones in full.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again.
You always get it first when you’re reading It’s Not Normal.