Choppergate: Nine Queensland in on air apology to viewers over faked helicopter crosses

Nine News has broadcast an on air apology to its Queensland viewers over its faked news chopper live crosses.

Weeknight presenter Melissa Downes, who was not on air during the weekend when the incidents took place, read the apology during last night’s bulletin.

The first faked live cross came to light when footage emerged of the Nine News chopper on its helipad on Sunday night at the same time viewers were given the impression it was hovering near the search for Daniel Morcombe’s body and the caption said “near Beerwah”.

After Nine said the chopper had been forced to return due to bad weather, and there had been no time to warn the producer, traffic control data emerged showing that a similar thing had taken place on the previous day too.

Nine News Queensland’s news director Lee Anderson has promised a “thorough investigation” of what led to the deception.


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