Former ICAC boss Jim Buckle received an apology and $500,000 from ATV yesterday after being libelled by a former friend and colleague on a news show. Mr Buckle, 56, the retired Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) deputy commissioner and head of operations sued the television station for libel over comments made by Alex Tsui Ka-kit. The remarks were made during a December 9, 1993 News Magazine interview with Mr Tsui, the ICAC's sacked senior assistant director. The apology was read out by Mr Buckle's solicitor Jeremy Bartlett in the High Court before Mr Justice Patrick Chan. It said: 'The programme contained a number of statements suggesting Mr Buckle had interfered with Mr Tsui's internal investigations into allegations of sexual harassment made against another ICAC officer; that Mr Buckle was racist and that he had unreasonably brought about the dismissal of Mr Tsui. 'These statements are totally untrue and without foundation. ATV accepts this and recognises that the words should never have been broadcast. 'ATV has already given an undertaking not to repeat the statements and made a payment of costs and damages to Mr Buckle of $500,000. In addition, on September 22, ATV broadcast an apology.' ATV spokesman Jermyn Lynn said: 'The action speaks for itself.' Speaking from his home in Dorset, England, Mr Buckle welcomed the decision and said the ruling vindicated his view of the 'ludicrous' allegations. He said he would not make much from the award since legal fees would swallow up most of it. Mr Buckle and Mr Tsui joined the ICAC in the same year and reputedly became close friends. But Mr Tsui was dismissed in November 1993 after an ICAC investigation which centred on his associates. Mr Tsui is the most senior officer sacked under Section 8 (2) of the ICAC Ordinance, which means a full account of the circumstances may never be made public. During a Legco Security Panel investigation in May 1994, Mr Tsui launched attacks on Mr Buckle similar to those made during the ATV broadcast.