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)