Monday, May 5, 2008

SBS change room hidden camera found

AN SBS staff member has been suspended pending the outcome of a police investigation after photographs of three unidentified women taken in an SBS change room were found on a personal computer.

SBS was notified about the federal police investigation two weeks ago, but staff were only told today about the security breach, which is understood to have occurred in 2006.

It is believed the photographs were taken by a camera hidden in the ceiling of a change room at SBS's Artarmon headquarters in Sydney.

It is understood the faces of the three women were obscured in the photographs and SBS does not know which staff were affected.

SBS spokeswoman Jane McMillan said the broadcaster did not know how long the camera was there and but the police believed it was removed some time ago.

A staff member reported a suspicious incident involving the same change room in 2006, the broadcaster said in a statement.

"SBS is reviewing information given at the time and will share any relevant information with police," the statement said.

A security consultant has now been hired and sweeps of the building have been carried out to ensure other similar breaches have not occurred.

SBS managing director Shaun Brown said the broadcaster was taking the situation "very seriously".

"We have taken every necessary step to secure the building since being informed of the incident by police," Mr Brown said.

SBS staff have been offered counselling.


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