2GB's Jones Loses Appeal In Witness-Naming Case
February 11, 2008 at 5:35 AM (PT)
HARBOUR RADIO Talk 2GB/SYDNEY host ALAN JONES has lost an appeal of his conviction for broadcasting the name of a teenager who was a witness in a murder trial.
JONES read the name out of the DAILY TELEGRAPH on a JULY 2005 show, and was fined $1,000 and placed under a nine-month good behavior bond last APRIL. The host said that he believed in good faith that he could read the name from the paper on the air, but NEW SOUTH WALES District Judge MICHAEL FINNANE said that the belief was "unreasonable" and based on conjecture. HARBOUR RADIO and the TELEGRAPH also lost their appeals.
JONES and HARBOUR RADIO will now file written submissions, with a final decision due in a hearing on MARCH 27th. The TELEGRAPH has chosen not to appeal its fine.