Nine has suspended senior reporter Ben McCormack today following his arrest and charges relating to allegedly sending child pornography.
Tonight A Current Affair host Leila McKinnon, filling in for Tracy Grimshaw on assignment, told viewers, “Here at A Current Affair we’ve always given it to you straight, and told it like it is, so let’s get into it.
“Tonight one of our most senior reporters is facing serious charges involving child pornography offences.
“Ben McCormack, a 25 year veteran of the Nine Network was arrested today and charged by New South Wales Police with using a carriage service for child pornography material,” she said.
“We should stress the pictures you’re seeing now are blurred images from police, not done by us here at A Current Affair.
“And while justice must take its course and given the serious nature of the allegations, Nine has taken a strong position and immediately suspended Ben McCormack.
“A short time ago McCormack was released from police custody. A Current Affair has a long history of pursuing offenders in these types of cases, and we intend to cover this story without fear or favour.
“We stress these charges relate to Ben McCormack’s alleged personal conduct and in no way reflect his behavior within A Current Affair or the Nine network.”