Ben MCormack ch 9 reporter and pedo buster busted himself

A Current Affair reporter Ben McCormack charged over child porn offences

update 9th May 2017

Channel 9 reporter Ben McCormack has bail continued after child pornography charges

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A Sydney magistrate has continued bail for suspended Channel 9 reporter Ben McCormack, who was charged with child pornography offences.

McCormack, who worked as a journalist on A Current Affair, is accused of sending child pornography and engaging in sexually explicit conversations about children with an adult male.

His lawyer Sam Macedone told the Downing Centre Local Court his client was not in court because he was still in hospital, having been admitted for treatment after his arrest.

Mr Macedone tendered a medical certificate to the court.

The 42-year-old reporter was under investigation by detectives who say they were tipped off by the Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team.

They stopped him in his car at Moore Park in April, and shortly afterwards they searched a unit in Alexandria and the ACA office in Willoughby where they seized computers, a mobile phone and electronic storage devices.

Nine Network suspended him from his role as a reporter after his arrest.

The Commonwealth prosecutor told the court the charges were indictable offences carrying a maximum penalty of 15 years in jail.

The case will return to court in July.

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A Current Affair reporter Ben McCormack has been charged after he allegedly sent child abuse material and engaged in explicit conversations about children with another man online.

McCormack, a long time on-air talent for the Nine Network program, was stopped on Driver Avenue at Moore Park by detectives from the Sex Crimes Squad at 7.30am on Thursday and taken to Redfern police station.

A Current Affair reporter arrested

The 42-year-old had been under investigation by the Sex Crime Squad’s child exploitation internet unit and has now been charged with using a carriage service for child pornography material.

“Police will allege in court the man was engaged in sexually explicit conversations about children with an adult male and discussed child pornography,” NSW Police said in a statement.

A search warrant was executed at McCormack’s home at Alexandria, in the city’s inner-south, and officers also raided the Willoughby office of A Current Affair, at the Nine Network studios in Sydney’s north, on Thursday morning.

Police seized computers, a mobile phone, and electronic storage devices.

McCormack was granted police bail and will appear at the Downing Centre Local Court on May 1.

He has retained the services of high-profile solicitor Sam Macedone, who regularly appears on A Current Affair, where he is often seen commenting on legal matters arising from neighborhood disputes or scam artists


The police investigation into McCormack followed a tip-off from the Joint Anti-Child Exploitation team – a joint agency task force that cracks down on crimes against children.

His arrest and charging was part of Strike Force Trawler, a police operation that is using undercover stings to catch alleged online predators.

The strike force has arrested almost one person per week this year, with many more cases passed to local police.

Those arrested have been diverse: from teenagers to 70-year-olds, school teachers, fathers, defense force members, priests, police academy students and aspiring politicians.

McCormack’s arrest was the lead item on Channel Nine’s 3pm news bulletin.

The network reported that he had been questioned but not charged, although charges might be laid on Thursday afternoon.

Nine’s news and current affairs director Darren Wick confirmed to staff that police officers had been at the network’s Willoughby offices “investigating matters relating to a staff member at A Current Affair”.

He stressed that the investigation “does not relate to the program or Nine”. He said the network was co-operating with the police.

“However, we are not in a position to comment any further as this is an ongoing investigation,” he said in a note to staff sent out following the raid.

As a reporter, McCormack had doggedly pursued child sex offenders on ACA over the years.

In 2014, he sat in court as former Hey Dad! television star Robert Hughes learned of his guilty verdict. He also phoned Hughes’ victim Sarah Monahan, who had told her story on A Current Affair, to tell her.

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A Current Affair reporter Ben McCormack at centre of many media controversies

A Current Affair journalist Ben McCormack leaves Redfern police station yesterday. Picture: Adam Yip/The Manly Daily

THE veteran A Current Affair reporter at the centre of explosive child pornography allegations has been a magnet for controversy over his decades with Channel 9.

Police arrested and charged Ben McCormack, 42, yesterday for allegedly having sexually explicit conversations about children with another man, and discussing child pornography.

The scandal has rocked Channel 9, which was raided by police yesterday, but it is not the first time the reporter has made the headlines.

Nine Network reporter Ben McCormack is released from Redfern police station yesterday after being charged with sending child pornography material. Picture: AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Nine Network reporter Ben McCormack is released from Redfern police station yesterday after being charged with sending child pornography material. Picture: AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts Source:AAP

Throughout a 25-year career at the network, McCormack has broken major stories — some of which have been controversial and criticised.

He was the first journalist to confront Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes and grill him about child sex abuse allegations.

McCormack tracked Hughes down for ACA in Singapore in 2010 and questioned him about whether he did abuse children, including cast members of the popular Australian sitcom, which ran for eight seasons in the 1980s and ’90s.

Hey Dad! actor Robert Hughes is questioned by A Current Affair in Singapore. Picture: Channel 9

Hey Dad! actor Robert Hughes is questioned by A Current Affair in Singapore. Picture: Channel 9Source: Supplied

“I’m absolutely, totally shocked at the allegations and I deny, absolutely deny, everything,” Hughes told McCormack from his car.

A Current Affair’s reporting on the scandal helped lead to Hughes being sentenced to six years’ jail on 10 charges related to sexually abusing young girls.

While this was a genuine scoop, not all of McCormack’s reporting has been well received.

His bogus report on an “all-Asian mall” was widely condemned as racist and led to the station receiving a deluge of complaints.

Tracy Grimshaw presents Ben McCormack’s ‘All-Asian Mall’ story in 2012. The report turned out to be inaccurate.

Tracy Grimshaw presents Ben McCormack’s ‘All-Asian Mall’ story in 2012. The report turned out to be inaccurate.Source: Supplied

On November 7, 2012, McCormack reported that a shopping centre in Castle Hill, in Sydney’s northwest, had been taken over by Asian retailers and that Australian shopkeepers were being “kicked out”.

The media watchdog, the Australian Communications and Media Authority, found that the story was not only inaccurate, it was “likely to provoke intense dislike and serious contempt” of Asian people.

Stand-in ACA host Leila McKinnon was forced to give an on-air apology for the story.

A selfie from Ben McCormack’s Facebook. Picture: Facebook

A selfie from Ben McCormack’s Facebook. Picture: Facebook Source: Facebook

A Facebook photo of A Current Affair reporter Ben McCormack. Picture: Facebook

A Facebook photo of A Current Affair reporter Ben McCormack. Picture: Facebook 

McCormack’s reporting was slammed by public relations queen Roxy Jacenko last year when ACA ran with a story entitled “Resort Roxy”, which claimed she had checked into a $7000-a-night luxury retreat with her two children the same weekend her husband Oliver Curtis was sentenced to two years’ jail for insider trading.

“Just when we thought the soap opera was finally over, the Roxy and Oliver show goes on,” McCormack said in the report.

Ben McCormack on air for A Current Affair. Picture: Channel 9

Ben McCormack on air for A Current Affair. Picture: Channel 9Source: Supplied

“As her insider trader husband awaits classification within the jail system, within hours of his sentence Roxy has taken off. And you won’t believe where.”

So where was Roxy? According to the PR executive, she was hard at work in her office in Sydney.

“Really A Current Affair? … Looks like my bum and feet are firmly placed at my desk in my office. Perhaps stick to people’s fences encroaching on others’ boundaries!” she posted on Instagram.

McCormack’s journalism also made a splash in 2008 when he led a protest of disgruntled game show contestants to ambush David Koch and Melissa Doyle live on air.

ACA aired two segments in March of that year that claimed Channel 7’s short-lived National Bingo Night failed to pay participants on the show because the episodes in which they appeared were not aired.

McCormack and the angry contestants took the fight to Martin Place in Sydney and interrupted a live outside broadcast of Sunrise, yelling “Channel 7 doesn’t pay”.

Sunrise hosts Mel Doyle and David Koch are stunned as Ben McCormack leads a protest claiming that Channel 7 withheld money from contestants on its game show National Bingo Night.

Sunrise hosts Mel Doyle and David Koch are stunned as Ben McCormack leads a protest claiming that Channel 7 withheld money from contestants on its game show National Bingo Night.Source: Supplied

A security guard obstructed McCormack, while Mel and Kochie were rushed back into the studio.

ACA said contestants were duped out of $15,000 cash and a car, but a Seven spokesman dismissed the stunt as an “act of desperation to try and find an audience”.

McCormack also attracted controversy in 2011 for his part in a fierce ratings war with Channel 7 rival Today Tonight for the story behind a viral YouTube video showing a teenager body-slam a bully in an Aussie school ground.

A Current Affair journalist Ben McCormack on air. Picture: Channel 9

A Current Affair journalist Ben McCormack on air. Picture: Channel 9Source: YouTube

While both stations were criticised for opening their chequebooks to get the kids on camera, Media Watch actually praised McCormack’s interview with bullying victim Casey Heynes as “sensitive and moving”.

“It might even have done some good,” host Jonathan Holmes said at the time.

On his Twitter profile, McCormack describes himself as a “reporter, lifesaver, pilot, humanist, twin [and] boy band wrangler”.

When not on air, he is a decorated member of the North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club.

An image from Ben McCormack’s Twitter page. Picture: Twitter

An image from Ben McCormack’s Twitter page. Picture: Twitter Source: Supplied

Channel 9 suspended McCormack yesterday in light of the child pornography allegations.

He was bailed yesterday to face a charge of using a carriage service for child pornography in court on May 1.








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11 thoughts on “Ben MCormack ch 9 reporter and pedo buster busted himself”

  1. ANY child porn freak or child molester should be fucking drawn and quartered or simply shot on the spot!! My sick in the head step father (and I use that word father lightly) had fun with me as a child and I HATE any and all child molesters male or females!! Let’s hope that someone takes the sick prick out of our world . He’s a waste of decent people’s time and a waste of air.

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    1. I for one can kind of understand your pain and I have been in that situation. Not sure to what extent this bloke has gone bur fair dinkum the hypocrisy of the guy and channel 9 to cover the story for less than 30 seconds tonight when they crucify other high-end people in the media…

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  2. After watching a recent programme on Russian prisons Australia has so got it wrong…our legal system and gaol facilities are so wrong….lock them up 23 hrs per day, feed them sloth, when they are allowed out for an hr they have to be bent looking a their toes with their hands handcuffed behind their backs, they must put there tin bed up so they can’t sleep or sit on it through the day.. No Rv, no phone, no ‘buy ups’ Australia needs o get real and start treating these grubs like the vermin they are……

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  3. What’s with this evil thing will NOT call him a an after the investigationd he has WHY did he think he would not get caught/report to police if he was reported to very u hildren thank you thank you to the 💪 police that have to investigate these creepsust be soul destroying at times everyone owes you

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  4. As I have not do deeply into pedofiles, I do wonder why and where a man turns.
    Do they just get so bored and de-synthesized in having sex with adults, that the only thing that kicks them off is sexually molesting kids..
    Is it a sickness ?
    My wife was raped multiple times by her adopted father when she was 8-12 years old, in the 1970’s.
    when she was 17 and I’d heard about it, I encoured her to tell someone, so she told her mom
    and was accused of lying and she quickly had to leave the family home and move be in with me.
    Why don’t we have him charged, you ask?
    Her stepfather’s is a likeable guy, everyone likes him..
    I mean he was friends and billiards buddy with an Ex prime minister.
    Who would believe my wife?
    Her and I used to hope the A-hole would die early but at 85, he’s still around, with his wife on facebook and we have not had any contact with them in 30 years.

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  5. Words are not enough to describe the hate I feel for this C U Next Tuesday if I saw him on the street I would take great pleasure in beating this grinning insideous imposter to a pulp.

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  6. They’re all probably involved in their perverted circle. He’s probably covering for them all -as if they wouldnot know!
    You can smell a stinking pedo a mile away.Hoiiiiik-twwwwt!

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  7. I wrote a post about the ‘Black Dolphin’ and ‘White Swan’ remote harsh Russian Prisons last year, in the Aussie Criminals Lounge Blog pages. There I wrote about a good interesting documentary on YouTube about these Maximum Security Russian Prisons, but for some reason this documentary has been removed from Youtube? — However there is another good eye opening documentary on YouTube that is worth watching on how the Russian’s Prisons deal with their notorious inmates of serious committed crimes committed in Russia.

    Suffice to say, what a joke Australia is today with the touchy feely do-gooder human right way of running the modern day rehabilitation prisons or corrective services by the Victorian Department of Justice and Regulation as it is today called. I often wonder if Australia was to run the prison corrective services prisons like the Black Dolphin and other strict, harsh regime run Russian Prison’s, would the violent street crime in Australian slow down or reduce? — Maybe not, but looking at it from a would be criminals point of view, I would think twice about committing a crime if I knew a court was to sentence me and throw away the key, sending me to a bleak Maximum Security Prison run on the draconian Russian lines of Prison management and operations.

    Even if prison’s run on the strict Russian Prisons regime, did not reduce violent crime in a Australian society. At the very least these kind of prison’s would make sure, that those many and growing numbers of dangerous violent prisoners, would for a minimum of twenty years to life, not be set back free to roam again in the community to reoffend and commit another heinous crime.

    These harsh regime Russian Prison, I would think are also very cost saving effective. With the bare minimum to no prisoner comfort’s. And very basic food served to them. If these Russian Prisons were not cost efficient, then the Russian Government would not have them and instead have country club prisons like Australia. The Russian’s certainly take law and order and the running of their prisons seriously. Criminal would not like this, but the Russian community certainly would not consider their Russian Prison system is too draconian and harsh on Russian notorious criminals.
    Anyway here is a YouTube link to a good ‘BBC FOUR :Russian Prison documentary’. In Russian with subtitles. 1 hr.18min. This Russian prison is even worse than the old Maximum Security Pentridge Prison H Division…

    I think a few of these being built and run in Australia would be good to lock away many of our worst dangerous criminals. Criminal’s in Australia won’t agree with me or the judiciary of do-gooders. But there lies the problem. Russia throws away the key, while our Justice Departments only want to hand out get out of jail free short sentences and slap on the wrist rehabilitation to criminals. Anyway had my say on the subject if Russian Prison’s Vs Australian Country Club Prisons.

    :Russia’s Toughest Prison Special Documentary Channel ,Russian Prisons Documentary – New Best – DC Heat – 1.08 hrs…On YouTube –

    :Russias’ Toughest Prison Documentary 2017 – Worlds WORST Jail! – DocoZone – Russia is known for handling crime with a iron fist, but you haven’t seen anything yet. – 1.18 hrs. –


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