2GB, Jones Win Appeal Of Fines In Witness-Naming Case
March 27, 2008 at 5:15 AM (PT)
MACQUARIE/HARBOUR RADIO Talk 2GB/SYDNEY and host ALAN JONES have won their appeals of their conviction and fine for revealing the name of a teenage 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, while the station was fined $3,000. The host said that he believed in good faith that he could read the name from the paper on the air. JONES and the station lost their initial appeals, but on THURSDAY (3/27), District Court Judge MICHAEL FINNANE ruled that JONES did not act dishonestly in assuming that the newspaper had legally printed the name. The paper did not appeal its $4,000 fine.