A Current Affair‘s tabloid nemeses have barely contained their glee at the arrest yesterday of ACA reporter Ben McCormack on child pornography charges.
Police searched the Nine headquarters in Willoughby, Sydney, yesterday morning after arresting the 25-year veteran reporter.
Channel Seven’s Robert Ovadia peppered his 6pm bulletin story with clips of McCormack (“ACA‘s hatchet man,” Seven called him) discussing the case of Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes, which McCormack had doggedly pursued for ACA.
“Tonight, he is accused of being precisely the individual he exposes for a living,” Ovadia said over footage of McCormack’s arrest.
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Ovadia’s colleagues at Sunrise this morning continued the coverage, with a reporter stationed outside Nine for live crosses into the program about the arrest, despite there being no actual events to cover.
Over on Channel Nine, Today kept coverage low-key this morning, limiting any mention of the story to its news bulletins.
The newspaper tabloids went all out, splashing the story on the front pages of The Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun:
The Tele also dedicated two inside pages to the story, with a banner reading, “A Creepy Affair”.
Unsurprisingly, Daily Mail Australia took the coverage to a grubby low, with an exclusive splash on a “gay incest” short film directed by McCormack.
The story was the lead on Nine’s news bulletin last night, with a live cross to reporter Jayne Azzopardi, who was at the Redfern police station, where McCormack had just been released on bail.
Nine’s Leila McKinnon, standing in as host on ACA last night, addressed the charges at the beginning of the program, but the segment was clipped from the full program posted online.
“We intend to cover the story without fear or favour,” McKinnon said.