Channel Nine released a statement this afternoon stating senior producer, Stephen Rice, has been sacked from the network, while the other staff involved have all received formal warnings.
No specific mention was made of reporter Tara Brown.
Brown, two members of the 60 Minutes crew, and Brisbane mother Sally Faulkner were arrested in Beirut on April 7 following a botched attempt to snatch Faulkner’s children, aged three and five, from her estranged husband Ali Elamine.
The group spent two weeks behind bars, before a behind-the-scenes negotiation by Channel Nine managed to secure their release. A rumoured US$500,000 payment was made by the network, which encouraged Mr Elamine to drop the civil charges against them.
The agreement also stipulated that Faulkner hand full custody of the children to Mr Elamine.
In today’s statement, the network outlined the findings of a review into the case by the program’s founder and former producer, Gerald Stone.
“I had the honour to help start that stopwatch ticking 37 years ago and regrettably this has been the gravest misadventure in the program’s history,” he said.
“It’s clear from our findings that inexcusable errors were made.