Jones claimed the broadcast wrongly suggested that he “sought to incite racial violence” in the week leading up to the Cronulla riots, “was a racist” for criticising Muslims and Aboriginal people, “was a misogynist” for singling out female politicians for criticism, and “was a liar” in that he lied to the public about climate change.
It was also claimed the broadcast wrongly suggested Jones was a disgraceful high school teacher, in that he had written a love letter to a schoolboy, took money from companies to promote their products on air, and was a hypocrite for choosing to isolate in his country estate despite repeatedly seeking to undermine risks posed by coronavirus.
SBS filed a defence of truth to the imputations that Jones was a racist, a misogynist, a liar and a disgraceful high school teacher.
SBS also denied the meanings claimed by Jones, pleaded the defence of honest opinion, and asserted that Jones’ reputation was already so bad it could not be damaged by the broadcast.
A statement issued by Jones’ lawyers, Gillis Delaney, on Thursday, said the veteran broadcaster was pleased to announce the proceedings had resolved by agreement on a number of terms, including that the segment is permanently taken down, “avoiding the need for the delay and costs of any final hearing.”
SBS said in a statement that, under the terms, the network and Alex Lee were not required to provide an apology or financial compensation to Mr Jones.
“SBS is pleased that this matter has been resolved,” the statement said.