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BBC Settlement with Politician Likely

Media outlet incorrectly implicated him in child sex abuse scandal

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A lawyer for the Conservative Party politician wrongly implicated in a child sex abuse scandal said on Thursday he is likely to reach a settlement with the BBC shortly.

Lawyer Andrew Reid told BBC Radio that a settlement between Alistair McAlpine and the BBC is expected later on Thursday.

The BBC has already apologised for linking McAlpine, a member of the House of Lords, to child sex abuse that happened decades ago in Wales. The mistaken report, broadcast nearly two weeks ago, has caused turmoil within BBC management ranks and led to the resignation of its director general.