Nine is consulting lawyers over the women’s magazines following continued publication regarding Today host Karl Stefanovic.
Darren Wick, Nine’s Director of News and Current Affairs, said, “This very personal campaign is being prosecuted by weekly women’s magazines running fictitious and damaging articles about Karl Stefanovic that are without any foundation of fact. At best, this is lazy and reckless reporting. At worst, there is a case that this campaign is designed to damage not only his reputation but our business as well and we no longer intend to tolerate these lies.
“Nine has instructed Mark O’Brien, one of Australia’s most experienced media and defamation lawyers, to act on Karl and Nine’s behalf in this matter and take the necessary steps to defend his reputation against the endless fabrications,” he told Nine’s women’s site 9Honey.
Earlier today New Idea published a story that Stefanovic was quitting Today whilst Woman’s Day also published an article on his personal life.
Last week co-star Lisa Wilkinson told Mamma Mia, a lot of lies were being published.
“There’s human beings involved here,” she said, referring to Stefanovic’s children with estranged wife Cassie Thorburn.
Stefanovic will soon begin a summer break from Today following the end of survey ratings.