JJJ’s Hack Presenter, Steve Cannane:

The lawyers for the Launceston Examiner newspaper haven’t let us down.

Yesterday on Hack we spoke to Wes Young the cadet journalist who claims he was sacked by the Examiner in relation to stories he was doing on the timber industry — a claim the paper denies.

When the ABC in Tasmania covered this story they were sent a legal letter … and now we’ve got one for the collection as well …

The letter comes from Douglas and Collins barristers and solicitors, … if you’re listening… hi guys … the letter threatens legal proceedings against us … it arrived during yesterday’s show, warning us about interviewing Wes Young.

I’m not sure how much Douglas and Collins are charging for their legal letters … but there appears to be a bit of a slip up in the letter they sent to Hack .…which I would like to share with you …

It reads “In our view it is entirely inappropriate to canvass issues relating to the dismissal of Mr Young from his employment …”

Did you hear that? “dismissal from his employment”. Now the Launceston Examiner is arguing that he resigned … that he wasn’t dismissed … you’d have to wonder which side this law firm is representing …

The case is before the Industrial Relations Commission and the paper’s laywers have been pretty busy lately.

Besides us they’ve also sent letters to Wes Young, the ABC in Tasmania, and the Tasmanian Times.

Their letter to HACK was actually written before the interview went to air, advising us that they … and I quote “will be carefully monitoring the interview”.

We’ve called the law firm to ask for an interview; they were unavailable but they did tell us they had a problem with our interview last night … they say that Wes Young said several things in that interview that were inaccurate
… but they wouldn’t come on and discuss them … they are yet to decide whether they’ll sue us …

Anyway if you are still monitoring us Douglas and Collins … a big hello to you … send us another letter … we’ll read some more of it on air tomorrow …

Yesterday we also offered management at the newspaper the chance to come on and debate Wes Young, but they declined too.