Marcus in a muddle. Sky News reporter and presenter Caroline Marcus has had to give an on-air apology after she suggested that Nine management knew and covered up former A Current Affair reporter Ben McCormack's attraction to young boys. Marcus, who had worked with McCormack at ACA, has spoken a number of times about the bullying complaint she laid against McCormack when they were colleagues, but on Peta Credlin's Sky show two weeks ago, Marcus said McCormack had made sexually suggestive comments about young boys in the newsroom, which had been ignored. She said it was "well-known" that McCormack was attracted to young boys and that there was a "shield of protection around him". On Friday, she was back on Credlin's show to apologise:

"Some viewers may have understood us to be saying that people who worked with Ben McCormack and Nine and the management of the Nine network and in particular the national news and current affairs director knew of and covered up or turned a blind eye to the pedophile conduct of Ben McCormack. Neither Sky News or I intended to suggest that was the case and apologise for any hurt or embarrassment caused by our discussion."