In a 60 Minutes report on the botched child-abduction saga in Lebanon, Channel Nine reporter Michael Usher admitted mistakes were made.
“In the past two weeks we’ve been limited in what we could say about Australian mum Sally Faulkner and our crew detained in Beirut,” he said in a report for the Nine Network.
“There’s one thing we want to state very clearly from the outset — we made mistakes.”
"It was a failure, which ended very badly for everyone involved," he said, adding that an investigation into the editorial approval process and the actions of the crew began on Friday.
"Our role in reporting Sally's desperate efforts to be reunited with Lahela and Noah are now the subject of a lot of soul searching here at Channel Nine," he said.
Reporter Tara Brown, who returned home to Australia with Sally Faulkner, Benjamin Williamson, David Ballment and Stephen Rice last week, said the team were "just journalists doing our job".