Regina CTV host sues newspaper

A Regina television news host is suing a local community newspaper for defamation.

A Regina television news host is suing a local community newspaper for defamation.

Manfred Joehnck, co-host of CTV News at Six, is accusing people at the Prairie Dog newspaper of hurting his reputation.

Named as defendants in the suit are Hullabaloo Publishing Workers Co-operative Ltd., which publishes the Prairie Dog; Stephen Whitworth, the editor of the paper; and Aidan Morgan, a writer.

According to a statement of claim filed with the Court of Queen's Bench last month, during a March 24 broadcast, Joehnck commented on air that country singer k.d. lang is starting to look like controversial TV star Charlie Sheen.

The comment was followed by a blog posting on the newspaper's website titled "CTV News Likes to Laugh at Famous Lesbians."

According to the claim, Joehnck's comments were meant as a "humorous observation" and not as a reference to anyone's sexual orientation.

The blog post and subsquent online comments contained "unsupportable allegations and mischaracterizations" that will have a negative impact on Joehnck's job, career, earnings and standing in the community, the claim says.

Joehnck, who apologized on air in March, is seeking unspecified damages. Neither he, nor the newspaper, will discuss the suit.

The allegations in Joehnck's statement of claim have not been proven in court.