Sacked SBS journalist Scott McIntyre and SBS have come to terms after the journalist tried to sue the broadcaster for false dismissal after he was sacked for offensive tweets about Australian war veterans on Anzac Day last year.
AAP has this morning reported “the parties were set to head to the Federal Court on Monday until Mr McIntyre’s lawyers issued a statement saying the dispute was over.”
The statement read: “Mr McIntyre regrets any attribution of his views to SBS and acknowledges that SBS was drawn into controversy following the expression of his views.”
The final settlement has not been reported nor is McIntyre to be reinstated at the broadcaster.
On Anzac Day last year McIntyre posted on Twitter that Australians commemorating the sacred day were “poorly-read, largely white, nationalist drinkers and gamblers” and “not forgetting that the largest single-day terrorist attacks in history were committed by this nation and their allies in Hiroshima & Nagasaki.”
Then communications minster Malcolm Turnbull lead a chorus of people condemning the comments and there were even rumours that he personally phoned SBS’s managing director Michael Ebeid calling for McIntyre to be sacked immediately. “Difficult to think of more offensive or inappropriate comments,” Mr Turnbull tweeted at the time.