|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (December 2008)|
29 November 1976
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Occupation||Journalist & Radio Presenter|
(2011 - present)
(2011 - present)
Ben Fordham (born 29 November 1976) is an Australian journalist, sports reporter and radio presenter.
Fordham began his career on Sydney's 2UE radio station, for which he won a Walkley Award for his coverage of the 1997 Thredbo landslide. In 1998, Fordham moved to television and joined Sky News Australia as a reporter and presenter.
He is managed by The Fordham Company which is run by his father John.
In October 2011, he married Seven News reporter Jodie Speers.
On 20 July 2010 NSW Supreme Court judge Elizabeth Fullerton called Fordham's attitude "disrespectful" when he failed to appear in court to hear her judgment on the charges of breaching the Listening Devices Act. Justice Fullerton found him guilty of one of four charges against him, that he knowingly recorded a conversation on 28 May 2008. Byrne was convicted of four charges of breaching the act.
The conversation was aired on ACA in May 2008, claiming to show former Waverley mayor James Markham ordering a fatal hit on a male escort. Although found guilty, Fordham and Byrne each escaped conviction, with Justice Fullerton saying it was "an appalling lack of judgment by two senior journalists who are otherwise held in esteem by their colleagues".
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- "Media Watch - Fordham follies". ABC. 21 June 2004. Retrieved 2009-02-26.
- "Channel Nine charged over report". news.com.au. 26 February 2009. Archived from the original on 28 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-26.
- Kontominas, Bellinda (20 July 2010). "ACA reporter found guilty of breaching listening devices law". Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax). Retrieved 28 February 2011.
- Wells, Jamelle. "Hit man sting journalists avoid conviction". www.abc.net.au. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 28 February 2011.
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