news

News: Saturday's top stories in 2 minutes.

Eamon Sullivan during yesterday’s press conference

1. The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) plans to further investigate the allegations of drug use and bullying within the Australian swimming team during the London 2012 Olympics. This news follows yesterday’s press conference, during which the 4x100m men’s relay team admitted to taking Stilnox as part of pre-Olympic ‘bonding’ sessions.

While it is not considered a performance enhancer, the drug had been banned by the AOC three weeks before the Games. The AOC says it will consider withdrawing funding from five of the swimmers involved: James Magnussen, Eamon Sullivan, Matt Targett, Tommaso D’Orsogna and Cameron McEvoy.

2. Channel 10 has dumped chief executive James Warburton after only 12 months in the role. He will be replaced by News Corp executive Hamish McLennan on March 18.

Warburton, a former Seven Network executive, has presided over a year of low ratings and failed shows at Ten. In December, chairman Lachlan Murdoch blamed the network’s performance on ‘‘poor execution’’ of the programming schedule and a weak advertising market.

3. Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail by a magistrate following a four-day hearing. Yesterday, Pretoria magistrate Desmond Nair ruled Pistorius was not a flight risk and did not pose a danger to society. Bail was set at a staggering $AUD110,656.46, and Pistorius will be required to surrender his passport and firearms. Pistorius, who is charged with the February 14 murder of Reeva Steenkamp, his girlfriend, is due back in court on June 4 for a procedural preliminary appearance.

The poster for I Want Your Love

4. The Classification Board has banned a film due to screen at a number of Australian queer film festivals, because it featured explicity gay male sex scenes. Directed by American filmmaker Travis Mathews, I Want Your Love has already screened at numerous international festivals and was scheduled to appear during Sydney’s Queer Screen and Melbourne Queer Film Festival, among others. According to its distributors, this is the first time the film has been banned.

5. The national spokeswoman for the Australian College of Midwives has defended the actions of staff at the Sydney hospital where a first-time mum was forced to give birth unaided. Hannah Dahlen said attempts to send Kristy Jones home were justified as she was likely in pre-labour when she arrived at the hospital on Tuesday morning.

Ms Jones was placed in a maternity ward after insisting she was in pain, and 18 hours later she gave birth without staff assistance. Professor Dahlen says the fact Ms Jones did not give birth until the day after she arrived at the hospital indicated the initial assessment by midwives was correct.

”Pre-labour can last up to a week, and if we admitted every woman to hospital who was in pre-labour wards would be crammed and there would be terrible birthing outcomes,” she said.