Brown Slams Media Over Coverage Of Beirut Kidnapping Scandal
Tara Brown has ironically slammed the media for their coverage of the 60 Minutes Beirut kidnapping scandal, claiming the media was much more upset about the incident than viewers.
Speaking out for the first time outside of 60 Minutes, the seasoned reporter claimed the team were finally back to normal following the fiasco.
“That was an unforeseen stop for a short time. Now it is action stations. We’ve all been working really hard," Brown said.
“(After Beirut) I felt that all I needed to do was to continue doing my job, and that’s what I’ve attempted to do," she continued.
Brown was jailed, alongside Producer Stephen Rice and the 60 minutes crew for their role in the kidnapping of Sally Faulkner's two children in Beirut. Rice was later sacked, despite a formal review finding no-one should be singled out. Rice who accused Nine of making him a scapegoat for the bungled kidnapping, settled with the network out of court.
While the show’s presenter Liz Hayes was quick to jump to Brown’s defence, Nine’s news chief Darren Wick acknowledged 60 Minutes reputation was damaged as a result of the Beirut scandal.
Brown’s comments come as the show faces another wave of backlash, after news broke the network paid Gable Tostee a rumoured six-figure sum for a tell all interview, which will air this Sunday night.