Saturday 17 February 2018

ITV2 to pay out £4m to Mr H TV in court row over Peter Andre reality shows

Peter Andre featured in a series of reality television programmes by Mr H TV Ltd
Peter Andre featured in a series of reality television programmes by Mr H TV Ltd

Cable channel ITV2 will pay more than £4 million damages to a company run by a reality television show producer after a High Court dispute involving singer Peter Andre, a lawyer says.

A judge had awarded damages to Mr H TV - a company owned by producer Neville Hendricks, which produced a series of reality television programmes featuring Mr Andre - last week but a figure was not revealed.

Lawyer Mark Bateman, who represented Mr Hendricks and Mr H TV, said Mr Justice Flaux had now approved damages of more than £4 million.

Mr Bateman, a partner at law firm Archerfield Partners, said when interest was added the figure would be around £5.5 million.

Mr Justice Flaux had described Mr Andre, 42, as ''an extremely unsatisfactory witness'' in a ruling on the case.

He said on some issues Mr Andre's evidence was ''not truthful''.

Mr Andre insisted that he had told the truth.

The legal battle had been over an ITV2 production agreement for shows involving both Mr Andre and singer Kerry Katona.

The Andre agreement had been for three years and related to the Peter Andre: The Next Chapter series and Here To Help.

The Andre series initially concerned his marriage to the model Katie Price, formerly known as Jordan, and then his life in the aftermath of their divorce.

Mr H TV claimed that ITV had wrongfully terminated the production agreement and claimed damages estimated to be between £6 million and £7 million.

ITV2 disputed the claim.

Sources estimated that ITV2 could be left with lawyers' bills of more than £10 million.

An ITV spokesman said: "We are disappointed in the judgment and will be carefully considering all our options with a view to a possible appeal."

Press Association

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