Seven Melbourne sports reporter Dylan Howard has been cleared by a police investigation over the stolen medical records of two AFL players in 2007.
Seven’s News Chief Steve Carey and Howard were interviewed by detectives following the broadcast but have been told charges will not be laid.
Seven’s story including unnamed players’ drug use, which led to a player and viewer backlash and a media snub by the players association. Seven’s Melbourne newsroom was also raided by Victoria Police. Carey later acknowledged the incident had hurt the news during a fierce network war in 2007.
Two people approached Seven with the files after finding a manila folder containing the records on an Ivanhoe street in August 2007. They approached the network to buy them for $300 with a promise of $2700 more from Howard.
They were convicted and sentenced to a 12-month good behaviour bond and fined $300.
Source: The Age