Ben Roberts-Smith steps down as GM of Seven Queensland

General manager of Seven Queensland, Ben Roberts-Smith, has departed the business.

On Thursday, Roberts-Smith’s defamation case against The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Canberra Times was dismissed in Federal Court, as Justice Anthony Besanko found the publications had substantial truth of the imputations in the articles.

The articles, published in 2018, alleged that the Victoria Cross and Medal of Gallantry winner unlawfully murdered prisoners while deployed in Afghanistan.

A Seven spokesperson confirmed the news to Mumbrella that Roberts-Smith had tended his resignation and that it had been accepted but said the business would not be providing any further comment.

James Warburton, Seven’s managing director and chief executive officer, wrote in an email to staff, seen by other publications: “As you’re all aware, the judgement in the defamation case was handed down yesterday.

“Ben has been on leave whilst the case was running, and today has offered his resignation, which we have accepted.

“We thank Ben for his commitment to Seven and wish him all the best.”


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