Sir Cliff has been awarded initial damages of £210,000 over the beeb’s “sensationalist” coverage of a raid on his home.
The 77-year-old singer’s home in Sunningdale, Berkshire was raided in August 2014 by officers looking into historic child sex abuse claims.
Sir Cliff, who was never arrested or charged, took umbrage with the corporation after it broadcast close-up live overhead footage from the incident, arguing that this had been a “serious invasion” of his privacy.
Earlier today, supporters at the High Court in London burst into a rendition of Sir Cliff’s 1960s hit Congratulations after Mr Justice Mann ruled in his favour.
Mann, who was critical of the “sensational” way the BBC had infringed Sir Cliff’s privacy rights, said he will hold a later hearing to decide on further damages concerning the performer’s loss of earnings following the footage being aired.
In response to the ruling, the beeb’s director of news and current affairs Fran Unsworth said that “there are things we would have done differently,“ but argued that the ruling marked a “significant shift against press freedom”.
The corporation is looking to make an appeal.