Nine News reporter Ben Fordham and former A Current Affair producer Andrew Byrne have escaped conviction after breaching the NSW Listening Devices Act with a story aired in May 2008.
Fordham, former ACA producer Andrew Byrne and Channel Nine were charged with breaching the Listening Devices Act in relation to a story showing a former Waverley mayor, James Markham, allegedly ordering a hit on a male escort.
But in the NSW Supreme Court today the judge decided not to record a conviction for both men because of their good character, lack of prior convictions and because they had been given the green light by lawyers to run the story. Last month Nine was also acquitted.
A Nine spokesperson said: “The Nine Network and its journalists take their legal obligations very seriously and would never intentionally break the law. The Network is pleased that both Ben Fordham and Andrew Byrne have not had a conviction recorded against them, and the Network continues to have complete confidence in its legal advisors.”