An Australian television channel has sacked 60 Minutes producer Stephen Rice over the bungled child abduction case in Lebanon.
Channel Nine conducted an internal review and found the programme made "inexcusable errors" by paying a recovery agency to kidnap Sally Faulkner's children from their father in Beirut.
Reporter Tara Brown and other staff involved in planning the story have been given formal warnings -- but all of them will keep their jobs.
A statement confirmed the departure and said: "The crew continue to receive counselling related to the events in Lebanon and the other team members will return to work soon."
Nine chief executive Hugh Marks said the channel simply "got too close to the story", while the organisation's chairman Peter Costello said Nine would now work to "build a robust system of checks and balances to guard against such events occurring in the future".