To­day Tonight in the news as le­gal stoush with Matilda looms

Sunday Mail - - CONFIDENTIAL -

APOTENTIAL le­gal stoush may be on the hori­zon be­tween Ade­laide’s To­day Tonight and Queens­land-based on­line me­dia com­pany New Matilda.

New Matilda say that have been served with a le­gal let­ter from To­day Tonight in re­sponse to an ar­ti­cle pub­lished in March which trashed the lo­cal cur­rent af­fairs pro­gram, reporter David Richard­son and the show’s host Rosanna Man­gia­relli.

The let­ter, pub­lished in full on New Matilda dur­ing the week along with their re­sponse, sees Seven threat­en­ing to sue the rel­a­tively small me­dia out­let for com­ments made in the orig­i­nal story. While it’s still not known if Seven are plan­ning to es­ca­late the sit­u­a­tion to court, New Matilda say they are ready to put up a fight and have launched a crowd fund­ing cam­paign to fight the case.

So far, New Matilda have raised al­most $5000 in two days of a $25,000 tar­get, which will no doubt only cover a small frac­tion of po­ten­tial le­gal costs.

Seven de­clined to re­spond to the Sun­day Mail’s re­quest for fur­ther com­ment when con­tacted yes­ter­day.

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