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ZoomerMedia Issues Statement Regarding Libel Suit

ZoomerMedia responds to libel lawsuit.

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ZoomerMedia, the company that aired the controversial interview of Mayor Rob Ford with Conrad Black has issued a statement following news that Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale issued notice that he would be filing a lawsuit against the company as well Mayor Rob Ford.

ZoomerMedia, which owns Vision TV, posted a statement on the website for its radio station AM740.

``As there is now the threat of legal action, ZoomerMedia will not be making a statement until such time as we can consult with our attorneys to consider the allegations and determine next steps,'' the statement said.

Conrad Black, who conducted the interview with Mayor Ford on Vision TV, also spoke out about the lawsuit.  In an e-mail sent to Canadian Press Black wrote ``If the Star goes to court with this turkey, they'll be killed.  They raised the pedophilia question; Ford didn't.''

Mayor Rob Ford and ZoomerMedia have three days to apologize to reporter Daniel Dale who in a statement wrote: As my libel notice says, I’m asking Ford to immediately retract the false insinuation that I am a pedophile and all of his false statements about my conduct on May 2, 2012. I’m also asking Ford and Vision owner ZoomerMedia to apologize immediately “publicly, abjectly, unreservedly and completely.”

If Ford does not do so, we’ll see if he is willing to repeat his lies under penalty of perjury.

So far Mayor Rob Ford has refused to redact his comments and says he stands by what was said in the interview that aired Monday on Vision TV.

(With files from Canadian Press)


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  1. Frankie posted on 12/13/2013 12:02 PM
    Great publicity for the Conrad Black show on Vision TV and for Zoomer. Toronto Star helped increase their presence in the market.
    1. tanjo posted on 12/13/2013 12:56 PM
      @Frankie True. Media get sued all the time. How many of us would even have heard of Zoomer without this interview?
  2. john posted on 12/13/2013 12:07 PM
    i saw a guy standing at the wall mart in my town asking people if thay want a free star paper . NOBODY took them . some people are giving him shit cause of what thay are doing to rob ford . this from a town that has nothing to do with Toronto . and yes i did not take one either .
  3. Gino posted on 12/13/2013 12:40 PM
    when you allow stupid people like Rob Ford on your program to be interviewed the chances are they are going to say stupid things. should anyone be surprised?
    I'm not a lawyer i don't know if there is a case or not but i would bet vision tv does the right thing and apologizes to Dale. Ford don't know what he's going to do nor do i care.
    1. Christine posted on 12/13/2013 01:54 PM
      @Gino I have to say that Rob Ford showed that he wasn't stupid by saying what he did. He skirted up to the line as close as he could get without saying anything. The reporter is the one claiming that is what Rob Ford said. Rob Ford did not use any explicit language.

      I heard the interview the Editor of the Star gave last night and he came across as an idiot.
    2. dama posted on 12/13/2013 02:30 PM
      @Gino If you dont care what Rob Ford say/said.. why are you interetesed in the stuffs he is doing or did and why were you commenting ion this article????

      You are just a hypocrite

      Vision TV, did not apologise to Daniel Dale,, re-read their statement..
      and you think Rob Ford is stupid ? I bet he is smarter than, he is the mayor still.. isnt t? and what are you ?? My Nobody ..

      As per Conrad Black:
      "Conrad Black, who conducted the interview with Mayor Ford on Vision TV, also spoke out about the lawsuit. In an e-mail sent to Canadian Press Black wrote ``If the Star goes to court with this turkey, they'll be killed. They raised the PEDOPHILIA question; Ford DIDN'T.''"

      DIDN'T
      DIDN'T
      DIDN'T

      opps repeating myself.....
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