Channel 5 apologizes to ‘vulnerable’ pensioners for Unable to Pay? We will take it away!

The dispute was resolved through settlement at a hearing at the High Court in London on Friday

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Channel 5 has apologized to a ‘vulnerable’ pensioner who was distraught after appearing on reality show Can’t Pay? We will take it away!.

Brian Hitchin, 88, has launched legal action against the company after he previously starred in series 4, episode 16 – claiming there had been “abuse” of his personal information through the episode’s “filming, making, and broadcasting”.

The optometrist looked for damage after the episode from October 2016

On Friday, there was a hearing at the High Court in London before Mr Justice Saini was told the dispute had been resolved through a settlement.

Felicity McMahon, representing Mr. Hitchin, told the court that, between April 22, 2016 and June 16, 2016, two Supreme Court Enforcement Agencies (HCEAs) visited the site. operations he runs in Stone, Staffordshire.







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They were there to enforce a Supreme Court “control order” that an equipment supplier obtained against Mr Hitchin to seize the goods unless he paid the money he allegedly owed.

Hitchin, then 82 years old, asked a film crew traveling with HCEA to leave and was unaware she was being filmed on the agents’ bodycam, Ms. McMahon said.

Bodycam footage was used to show Mr Hitchin onscreen “in a state of distress”.

Ms McMahon said: “The broadcast has left claimants extremely distressed and distressed.

“The plaintiff’s case is that the program misrepresented his private affairs that took place within his property.”







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The lawyer said the episode was broadcast from October 19, 2016 to more than 5.7 million people in a form showing Mr. Hitchin’s face and then to nearly 6.2 million people with his face. blurred and the name removed.

The court heard that, on November 29, 2016, a judge in Stafford County Court ordered that the equipment supplier “act unreasonably” by bringing a claim against Mr. amount not owed”.

The complaint, which led to the issuance of the control, was dismissed, with Channel 5 later updating the epilogue to its show to let viewers know.

Ms McMahon said the broadcaster denied Mr Hitchin’s case but the dispute was resolved by agreement.

Mr Hitchin accepted his offer to pay “substantial damages”, as well as his reasonable legal costs, she said.

Channel 5 has also agreed not to rebroadcast the show or make it available on the internet.

Tim James-Matthews, for Channel 5, said: “The defendant’s case has always been that the show is part of a series of genuine public concerns, where each story includes a balance exercise. careful balance between issues of public interest and respect for privacy.







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“However, it is prepared to accept that in this case, regarding the claimant, it may have received that balance wrong and for that reason it is ready to settle the claim.” his request and also apologize to him for the suffering caused to him. by the broadcast of the episode in question.”

Alex Cochrane, a partner at law firm Hamlins, said the incident involved a “very serious abuse” of Mr Hitchin’s personal information.

“This is a particularly serious case; he was 82 years old at the time the film was shot and he is clearly in a very vulnerable position.

“Broadcasts have caused our customers a significant amount of suffering over a period of several years.

“I’m delighted that we were able to help Mr. Hitchin access justice in this case and bring his lawsuit to a very successful conclusion.”

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