Seven Net presenters off the hook

Oz court dismisses charges group ID'd minor

SYDNEY — A group of Seven Network TV presenters accused of identifying a minor in a children’s court case have had the charges against them dismissed in court.

Under Oz law, it is illegal to identify minors involved in children’s court actions.

David Koch and Melissa Doyle, presenters of the popular “Sunrise” breakfast skein; “Today Tonight” host Naomi Robson; and newsreaders Jennifer Keyte and Natalie Barr all pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Seven claimed the reports did not directly identify the child and said the story was in the public interest.

Charges stem from a report in a Melbourne newspaper more than two years ago about a teenager who was divorcing his parents; report was picked up and reported by Seven News and was discussed by Koch and Doyle on “Sunrise.”

But while the presenters got off, magistrate Lisa Hannan upheld the charges against the Seven network, holding Channel 7 news director Stephen Carey accountable for the breach.

The network said it will appeal the decision.

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