Writing from bitter experience, if only all journalists could be as forgiving as Channel 4Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s Jon Snow Ã¢â‚¬’ who forewent the chance of a hefty pay-off from the Mail on Sunday when it wrongly claimed he had a drug-fuelled affair with a younger woman.
Now his lawyer, Mark Stephens, has told just how forgiving Snow was Ã¢â‚¬’ revealing that he could have taken the MoS for Ã‚£75,000 over the claims.
Stephens told a Radio Academy conference last week: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Jon doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t believe in suing journalists. He just wanted to put it right and [make it clear that the story] was just a figment of peopleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s imagination. People make mistakes Ã¢â‚¬’ he understands that.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“When people come into the office, they only really want someone to say sorry. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s only later that they want money.Ã¢â‚¬
Update 13/7: Jon Snow has since pointed out that Geraldine Proudler of Olswang acted for him in this case; Stephens only advised him.