|Full name||Alan Belford Jones|
|Date of birth||13 April 1941|
|Place of birth||Oakey, Queensland, Australia|
|School||Toowoomba Grammar School|
|College||Kelvin Grove Teachers College|
University of Queensland
University of Oxford
|Rugby league career|
|1991 – 1993||Balmain Tigers|
|Rugby union career|
1984 – 1987
|Alan Jones at 2GB|
Alan Belford Jones AO (born 13 April 1941 or possibly 1943) is an Australian radio broadcaster, former rugby union and rugby league coach and administrator. Events 1111 - Henry V is crowned Holy Roman Emperor. 1204 - The Fourth Crusade sacks Constantinople Year 1941 ( MCMXLI) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (the link will display 1941 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Oakey ( postcode 4401 is a rural town situated in the Darling Downs region of Queensland, Australia. Queensland is a state of Australia, occupying the north-eastern corner of the mainland continent For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. Toowoomba Grammar School is an independent, Non-denominational, day and boarding Grammar school for boys located in Toowoomba Kelvin Grove Teachers' College established 1961 provides courses in primary and secondary teacher education The University of Queensland (UQ is one of Australia's premier learning and research institutions The University of Oxford (informally "Oxford University" or simply "Oxford" located in the city of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England is the A radio personality (also known as a radio host or a radio presenter) is a person with an on-air position in radio broadcasting History See also History of rugby league The grass roots of rugby league can be traced to early football history, through the playing of ball games The Balmain Tigers (also known as the Sydney Tigers from 1995-96 were one of the founding rugby league football clubs of the New South Wales Rugby League premiership Overview See also Playing rugby union A rugby union match lasts for 80 minutes (plus stoppage time with a short Manly Rugby Union Football Club are a Rugby union club based in Manly, a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales. The Australian national rugby union team is the representative side of Australia in Rugby union. Order of Australia is an order of chivalry established by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia on 14 February 1975 "for the purpose of according recognition Events 1111 - Henry V is crowned Holy Roman Emperor. 1204 - The Fourth Crusade sacks Constantinople Year 1941 ( MCMXLI) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (the link will display 1941 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Year 1943 ( MCMXLIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. Radio is the transmission of signals by Modulation of electromagnetic waves with frequencies below those of visible Light. Overview See also Playing rugby union A rugby union match lasts for 80 minutes (plus stoppage time with a short History See also History of rugby league The grass roots of rugby league can be traced to early football history, through the playing of ball games
Jones hosts Sydney's most popular breakfast radio programme, on radio station 2GB. Sydney (ˈsɪdniː is the most populous city in Australia, with a Metropolitan area population of approximately 4 2GB is a commercial Radio station in Sydney, Australia broadcasting on 873 KHz, AM.  Like his former colleague and competitor John Laws, the popularity of Jones' program (a mixture of talkback, interviews, opinion and commercial endorsements) has made him one of Australia's most highly paid media personalities. Richard John Sinclair Laws, better known as John Laws or Lawsy, CBE (born 8 August 1935) is a former prominent and controversial Talk radio is a Radio format containing discussion about topical issues Jones is highly politically motivated and sometimes uses his program and his popularity to advocate his conservative views; he has been described as one of the most influential broadcasters in Australia. 
His on-air conduct has attracted numerous adverse findings from Australia's media regulators, and one on-air incident resulted in Jones acquiring a criminal record, which was later quashed on appeal. 
Jones was born and raised on a dairy farm near Oakey in south-east Queensland, and attended primary school there before attending Toowoomba Grammar School as a boarder. Oakey ( postcode 4401 is a rural town situated in the Darling Downs region of Queensland, Australia. Queensland is a state of Australia, occupying the north-eastern corner of the mainland continent Toowoomba Grammar School is an independent, Non-denominational, day and boarding Grammar school for boys located in Toowoomba
After leaving school, he trained as a teacher at the Kelvin Grove Teachers College (now part of the Queensland University of Technology) in Brisbane. Kelvin Grove Teachers' College established 1961 provides courses in primary and secondary teacher education Queensland University of Technology (QUT is located in Brisbane, Queensland, and is one of Australia's largest universities. Brisbane ( is the state capital of Queensland. Brisbane is the third most populous city in Australia and the most populous city of Queensland After this training, in 1961 he taught first at a state primary school, then in 1963 won a position at the Brisbane Grammar School for boys. Brisbane Grammar School (BGS is an independent, Non-denominational, day and Boarding school for boys located in Spring Hill He was studying part-time at the University of Queensland for a Bachelor of Arts degree, which he was awarded in 1967. The University of Queensland (UQ is one of Australia's premier learning and research institutions
In 1970, Jones was appointed Senior English Master at The King's School at Parramatta in Sydney, where he coached the rugby union side to victory in 1974. Parramatta (ˈpærɑːmætɑː is a suburb in the west of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Sydney (ˈsɪdniː is the most populous city in Australia, with a Metropolitan area population of approximately 4 Overview See also Playing rugby union A rugby union match lasts for 80 minutes (plus stoppage time with a short Jones was later asked to leave, a parent at Kings who owned the New South Wales based airline, Skyways, offered Jones the opportunity to branch into management, and he left Kings in 1975. An airline provides air transport services for Passengers or Freight, generally with a recognized operating certificate or license Later that year, another parent at Kings, Doug Anthony, leader of the Country Party (now the National Party of Australia) in the Australian Parliament, offered Jones a position with the party in Canberra. John Douglas Anthony, AC, CH (born 31 December 1929 was an Australian politician The National Party of Australia is an Australian political party. The Parliament of Australia or Commonwealth Parliament is the legislative branch of government of Australia. Canberra ( is the capital city of Australia With a population of over 340000 it is Australia's largest inland City. The next year, he sought party preselection as the candidate for the parliamentary seat of Eden-Monaro, but he was unsuccessful at the election. The Division of Eden-Monaro is an Australian Electoral Division in New South Wales.
Jones studied further in 1977 at Oxford University, completing his education with majors in English and French language and literature, politics and education. The University of Oxford (informally "Oxford University" or simply "Oxford" located in the city of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England is the He excelled at tennis, in which he won a University Blue. Sporting colours, more often known merely as colours or house-colours, are awarded to members of a university or school who have excelled in a sport
Returning to Australia, he was the candidate for the July 1978 by-election for the NSW state seat of Earlwood for the Liberal Party of Australia, formerly held by deposed Liberal leader Sir Eric Willis. A by-election or bye-election (called special election in the United States) is an Election held to fill a political office that has become vacant The Liberal Party of Australia is an Australian political party. The formerly safe seat was lost, and Jones' antics at a Greek cultural event were called into question. Notwithstanding this he again contested the seat in the Liberal interest at the subsequent general election in October of the same year. This time the ALP candidate was returned with an even greater majority despite the absence, on this occasion, of a Gay Liberation and another three conservative party and independent candidates. . Jones then worked for several years as a speech writer for NSW Opposition leader John Mason, meanwhile standing for preselection for the Federal seat of North Sydney. The Division of North Sydney is an Australian Electoral Division in New South Wales.
In 1979, Jones again moved to Canberra, where he was a speech writer for the Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Fraser, until early 1981. The Prime Minister of Australia is the Head of government of the Commonwealth of Australia, holding office on commission from the Governor-General. John Malcolm Fraser, AC, CH (born 21 May 1930 is an Australian Liberal politician who was the 22nd Prime Minister of Australia. He then moved back to Sydney to be Executive Director of the Employers’ Federation of NSW, which he held until 1985.
1982 was the beginning of Jones' association with semi-professional rugby, firstly appointed as (part-time) manager of the NSW Rugby Union team. The next year he served as First Grade coach for the Manly Rugby Union team, which won the Premiership for the first time in 32 years.
In February 1984, Alan Jones replaced Bob Dwyer as coach of the Australian Rugby Union national team, and he was to coach the Australian team for 4 years with victories in 102 matches including 23 victories in 30 Tests, making him one of the more successful Australian coaches. The Australian Rugby Union (ARU is the governing body of Rugby union in Australia. The Australian national rugby union team is the representative side of Australia in Rugby union. The side included Mark Ella until his retirement, but quickly added Nick Farr-Jones and two Manly players Peter FitzSimons and James Black. Mark Gordon Ella (born 5 June 1959 in La Perouse Sydney is an Indigenous Australian former Rugby union player often considered as one of his country's all-time Nicholas Campbell Farr-Jones (born 18 April 1962 in Caringbah, New South Wales) is a former Australian Rugby union footballer Peter FitzSimons, born in Peats Ridge New South Wales, 29 June 1961 is a former Wallabies Rugby union player James Black (1800-1872 was the creator of the original Bowie knife designed by Jim Bowie. Also in 1984, Australia's national team, the Wallabies, won the Grand Slam victories over England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland, and a side made up of the best players of those countries and France. The Australian national rugby union team is the representative side of Australia in Rugby union.
The 1986 Bledisloe Cup victory against New Zealand was the first time that had been achieved in six years, and only the third since 1949. New Zealand is an Island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island Jones was awarded the Rostrum Speakers' Award as the Communicator of the Year, and named the 1985 Confederation of Australian Sport as Australia's Coach of the Year. However, Jones also pulled out of the Liberal preselection for the Federal Division of Wentworth in Sydney. The Federal Division of Wentworth is a foundation division of the Australian Parliament, created at the Federation of the Australian Colonies as the Commonwealth
In 1988, Jones was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to Rugby Union football. Order of Australia is an order of chivalry established by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia on 14 February 1975 "for the purpose of according recognition  1989 saw Jones elected to the Confederation of Australian Sports' Hall of Fame in recognition of his contribution to Australian Sport as the Australian Rugby Union coach. The Confederation of Australian Sport (CAS is the national peak body for Sport in Australia. A hall of fame (sometimes HOF) is a type of Museum established for any a field of endeavor to honor individuals of noteworthy achievement in that field
In 1990, he was appointed coach of the Balmain Tigers rugby league football club, without accepting a fee. The Balmain Tigers (also known as the Sydney Tigers from 1995-96 were one of the founding rugby league football clubs of the New South Wales Rugby League premiership History See also History of rugby league The grass roots of rugby league can be traced to early football history, through the playing of ball games He resigned in July 1993 with these results: 1991 - 8 wins, 12th place; 1992 - 10 wins, 10th place; 1993 - five wins, 12th place. The next month he was appointed Director of Football for the South Sydney Rabbitohs rugby league football club, also without a fee. The South Sydney Rabbitohs, also known as Souths, The Bunnies, SSFC or The Rabbits, are an Australian professional Rugby league History See also History of rugby league The grass roots of rugby league can be traced to early football history, through the playing of ball games
In October 2007 Jones implied his interest in coaching the Wallabies after Queensland Rugby Chairman Peter Lewis suggested to the media he be the right person for the job. "If Peter Lewis and the Queensland Rugby Union - who have played a major role in Australian rugby for many years - are of the view I am the person who can make that contribution then I am obligated to put my hand up and say, 'Well if that is the case, I'm available'. "
The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) on December 14 2007 ruled Jones out of the coaching position, instead appointing New Zealand Crusaders coach Robbie Deans. ARU Chairman Peter McGrath however left the door open for a future position for Jones, saying there would "always be a place" for the former coach and radio broadcaster.
1985 saw Jones join Sydney radio station 2UE as the morning show host after John Laws left for 2GB. 2UE is a commercial radio station in Sydney, Australia owned by Fairfax Media. Richard John Sinclair Laws, better known as John Laws or Lawsy, CBE (born 8 August 1935) is a former prominent and controversial 2GB is a commercial Radio station in Sydney, Australia broadcasting on 873 KHz, AM. He moved to the 5. 30am to 9. 00am Breakfast slot in February 1988, and achieved the largest breakfast audience and also the largest radio audience in Australia.
His opening and closing theme music from both stations has been the hit Gloria by Laura Branigan, whom he met and was the inspiration for using the song. " Gloria " is a pop song originally written in Italian by Umberto Tozzi and Giancarlo Bigazzi, Tozzi's first recording was a success in his Laura Branigan (July 3 1957 – August 26 2004 was an American singer and actress of Irish ancestry
In 1990–93 and 1995–97, Jones was awarded the title Australian Radio Talk Personality of the Year. 
In 2001, Jones was awarded both the Centenary Medal and the Australian Sports Medal. The Centenary Medal is an award created by the Australian Government in 2001. The Australian Sports Medal was an award given during 2000 to recognise achievements in Australian sport.  Both were awarded for his significant contributions to sport and the broadcasting industry.
In 2002, Jones joined 2GB as breakfast announcer, reportedly also taking a financial interest in the station. When passionate about a topic, he occasionally discusses it on air and during ad breaks with his panel operator Ross Geddes. Afternoon announcer, Philip Clark occasionally appears on Jones' show to show support to big news items. Philip Corriston Clark ( September 18, 1898 &ndash December 16, 1985) was an American Rugby union player who competed Jason Morrison is a daily contributor with two appearances to discuss news items and also filling in for Alan should he be on leave. 2GB is a commercial Radio station in Sydney, Australia broadcasting on 873 KHz, AM. Along with his radio show, he also did a segment making editorial comment on the Nine Network's Today. The Nine Network, or Channel Nine, is an Australian television network based in Willoughby, a suburb on the North Shore of Sydney Today, often referred to as The Today Show, is an Australian news program
In 2004, Jones received a Queen's Birthday Honour - an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) partly for his service to the media and sports' administration, but also helping many charities, including Youth off the Streets, the Children's Hospital, Starlight Foundation, the Sir Edward Dunlop Medical Research Foundation and the Heart Research Institute. Order of Australia is an order of chivalry established by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia on 14 February 1975 "for the purpose of according recognition Lieutenant Colonel Sir Ernest Edward "Weary" Dunlop AC, CMG, OBE, KStJ ( July 12, 1907 – 
On 6 June 2007, Jones ended his 7. Events 1508 - Maximilian I Holy Roman Emperor, is defeated in Friulia by Venetian forces; he is forced to sign a three-year Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. 15am editorial on Nine Network's Today. The Nine Network, or Channel Nine, is an Australian television network based in Willoughby, a suburb on the North Shore of Sydney Today, often referred to as The Today Show, is an Australian news program His last editorial was on 15 June. Events 763 BC - Assyrians record a Solar eclipse that will be used to fix the Chronology of Mesopotamian history 
In December 1988, Jones was arrested in a public lavatory in London's West End. London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. The West End of London is an area of Central London, England, containing many of the city's major tourist attractions businesses headquarters and the commercial He was initially charged with two counts of outraging public decency, but was later granted bail and charges were dropped. 
For a time until 1990, Jones had been writing for The Sun-Herald but it announced that Jones’ column would no longer appear following a petition by staff calling for his removal as a contributor. This article is about the Australian newspaper For the newspaper in Biloxi Mississippi see The Sun Herald. This followed Jones' publication of a column predicting an oil crisis, in which a large amount of material had been taken from Frederick Forsyth's novel 'The Negotiator' without attribution or indication that their source was a work of fiction. Frederick Forsyth, CBE (born August 25, 1938) is an English author and occasional political commentator  Following his dismissal, Jones was hired by the Sun-Herald's rival paper, the Sunday Telegraph. The Sunday Telegraph is a British Broadsheet newspaper, founded in 1961
Later that year, Jones in his role with 2UE was ordered by a court to pay more than $55,000 damages for defaming David Parker, a former councillor of the NRMA, the NSW Motorists’ organisation; 2UE was also ordered to pay $80,000. NRMA refers to either of two historically-related Australian companies The National Roads and Motorists' Association, known as NRMA Motoring and Services is a member-owned Parker claimed he was defamed during the NRMA election campaign in October 1986. July 1991 had Jones commenting during a conspiracy to murder trial, of Tom Domican and two others; about the key crown witness, a self-confessed heroin smuggler, Jones said, “Why is he the witness and not the defendant?” Contempt is not proved; what Jones did is said to be "dangerous". Murder is the unlawful killing of another human person with Malice aforethought, as defined in Common Law countries Contempt is an intense feeling or attitude of regarding someone or something as inferior base or worthless—it is similar to scorn
1992 brought several events:
1993 was another year of controversy:
1994 also had its moments:
In 1998 Jones claimed on-air that rugby league referee Bill Harrigan was biased. History See also History of rugby league The grass roots of rugby league can be traced to early football history, through the playing of ball games A referee is a person who has authority to make decisions about play in many Sports Officials in various sports are known by a variety of titles including referee Harrigan sued Jones for defamation and, in 2001, was awarded damages of $90 000. 
In the late 1990s, Jones suffered more public humiliation when unedited studio recordings of pre-recorded material he had taped at 2UE were leaked to the ABC radio station Triple J. Triple J is a nationally-networked government-funded Australian radio station (a division of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation) mainly aimed  Although the tapes were admittedly highly selective and were no doubt chosen to show Jones in the worst possible light, these recordings have since become something of a cult item with Jones' critics, especially since they present Jones as egotistical, ill-tempered and fond of using bad language.
Between 1999 and 2000, the Cash for comment investigation was conducted. The cash for comment affair was an Australian scandal that broke in 1999, concerning paid advertising in radio that is presented to the audience in such a way as to Jones had been accused of contracting to have personal commercial support in exchange for favourable "unscripted" comments, principally for Telstra and QANTAS, during his radio show. Telstra or Telstra Corporation (often abbreviated as Telstra Corp) () is an Australian Telecommunications and media company formerly Qantas Airways Limited (ˈkwɔntəs ( is the National airline of Australia. The independent Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV show, Media Watch, was heavily involved in exposing these practices. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, commonly abbreviated to the 'ABC' is Australia's national public broadcaster. Media Watch is an Australian television program broadcast by ABC1 and ABC2. The Australian Broadcasting Authority finally decided that disclosure had to be made, hence the "Commercial Agreement Register" at the Jones portion of his station's web site. See also Censorship in Australia The Australian Broadcasting Authority was an Australian government agency whose main roles were to regulate Broadcasting (Jones was investigated along with John Laws from 2UE. )
In April 2004, another scandal broke after it was revealed the Chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Authority, David Flint, who had headed the Cash for comment inquiries, had sent a stream of admiring letters to Alan Jones. See also Censorship in Australia The Australian Broadcasting Authority was an Australian government agency whose main roles were to regulate Broadcasting Professor David Flint, AM, is an Australian legal academic known for his leadership of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy, and for his controversial The cash for comment affair was an Australian scandal that broke in 1999, concerning paid advertising in radio that is presented to the audience in such a way as to  This called into question the impartiality of Flint, and the then Federal Minister for Communications, Daryl Williams, was embroiled in media speculation as to the future of Flint. Daryl Robert Williams AM QC (born 21 August 1942) Australian politician was a Liberal member of the Australian With an inquiry imminent, Flint resigned. In an appearance on the ABC's Enough Rope, John Laws accused Jones of placing pressure on Prime Minister John Howard to keep Flint as head of the ABA, made comments that many viewers took to imply a sexual relationship between Jones and Flint and broadly hinted that Jones was homosexual like Flint, who is openly gay. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, commonly abbreviated to the 'ABC' is Australia's national public broadcaster. Enough Rope with Andrew Denton (often shortened to Enough Rope) is a television Talk show broadcast on ABC1 in Australia Richard John Sinclair Laws, better known as John Laws or Lawsy, CBE (born 8 August 1935) is a former prominent and controversial See also Howard Government John Winston Howard AC (born 26 July 1939 was the 25th Prime Minister of Australia from 11 March 
In December 2005, in the lead-up to the Cronulla riots, Jones used his breakfast radio programme to read out and discuss a widely-circulated text message calling on people to "Come to Cronulla this weekend to take revenge. The Cronulla Riots of 2005 were a series of racially motivated mob confrontations which originated in and around Cronulla, a beachfront suburb of Sydney Short Message Service ( SMS) is a Communications protocol allowing the interchange of short text messages between mobile telephone devices. . . get down to North Cronulla to support the Leb and wog bashing day". Media commentator David Marr accused Jones of inciting racial tensions and implicitly encouraging violence and vigilantism by the manner of his responses to callers even while he was verbally disapproving of them taking the law into their own hands. David Marr (b 1947 in Sydney) is an Australian Journalist and Author.
On 10 April 2007, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) found that the broadcaster 2GB and Jones had broadcast material (specifically comments made by Jones between December 5-9, 2005) that was likely to encourage violence or brutality and to vilify people of Lebanese and Middle-Eastern backgrounds on the basis of ethnicity. Australian Communications and Media Authority is an Australian government agency whose main roles are to regulate Broadcasting, radiocommunications and Telecommunications 2GB is a commercial Radio station in Sydney, Australia broadcasting on 873 KHz, AM.  During his on-air rebuttal of the ACMA findings on 10 April 2007, Jones stated that by referring to his show as "Breakfast with Alan Jones", the ACMA had little credibility as his show was actually known as "The Alan Jones Show". Australian Communications and Media Authority is an Australian government agency whose main roles are to regulate Broadcasting, radiocommunications and Telecommunications However, the 2GB website prior to this broadcast clearly showed the Jones program as being "Breakfast with Alan Jones", this was changed after the broadcast of Jones' rebuttal to be "Alan Jones Show". 2GB is a commercial Radio station in Sydney, Australia broadcasting on 873 KHz, AM. 
Once again, David Flint leapt to Jones' defence by appearing on Jones' morning show "to support his friend and to condemn the process that found him guilty. Professor David Flint, AM, is an Australian legal academic known for his leadership of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy, and for his controversial He told 2GB listeners that the vigilante movement existed at Cronulla long before Jones began broadcasting and that the ACMA findings amounted to a classic case of shoot the messenger. He said the complaints process was flawed because, unlike the Press Council, Jones could not face or question his accusers". 
Jonestown: The Power and the Myth of Alan Jones (Allen & Unwin), is an unauthorised biography of Jones by Australian journalist Chris Masters. Jonestown The Power and The Myth of Alan Jones is a controversial 2006 Biography of radio personality Alan Jones by Chris Masters. Jonestown The Power and The Myth of Alan Jones is a controversial 2006 Biography of radio personality Alan Jones by Chris Masters. Allen & Unwin, formerly a major British publishing house is now an independent book publisher and distributor based in Australia. Christopher "Chris" Wayne Masters PSM (born 4 December 1948 is a multi- Walkley Award winning and Logie Award winning
Extracts of the book published in The Sydney Morning Herald concentrated largely on Jones' sexuality, questionable behaviour while Senior English Master at The King's School at Parramatta in Sydney and the "cottaging" incident in a London public toilet. The Sydney Morning Herald ( SMH) is a daily Broadsheet Newspaper published by Fairfax Media in Sydney, Australia Parramatta (ˈpærɑːmætɑː is a suburb in the west of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Sydney (ˈsɪdniː is the most populous city in Australia, with a Metropolitan area population of approximately 4 Cottaging is a British Gay slang term referring to anonymous male-male sex in a public Lavatory (a cottage or tea-room) or to the London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. The lead paragraph claims the masking of his homosexuality is "a defining feature of the Jones persona". 
In the introduction to Jonestown, Masters described Jones as having concealed his sexuality "more for the sake of preserving a dishonest power base" than for reasons of personal privacy, an explanation he repeated later when accused of being motivated by prurience.  In his final chapter Masters quoted a study performed by Roy Morgan Research that reported that "46% of Jones' listeners believe that homosexuality is immoral, compared to 35% of all Australians. Roy Morgan Research is an Australian Market research company headquartered in Melbourne, Victoria; it was founded in 1941 by Roy Morgan its Executive " Nonetheless, Masters' frequent references in Jonestown to Jones' sexuality as an explanation for several aspects of his behaviour left him open to accusations of homophobia — an opening many conservative commentators have chosen to exploit, in an ironic endeavour to defend Jones' reputation.  In a review of the book in The Australian, David Flint wrote that "Masters is entitled to investigate and challenge Jones's influence and role, but he is not entitled to intrude into his private life based on purloined correspondence, amateur psychoanalysis and irresponsible journalism. No wonder the ABC board wrote off the public money poured into this vengeful project by the nomenklatura. The result is no credit to its author, its publishers and the two newspapers that featured the most salacious bits. "
Alan Jones held a criminal conviction for 11 months from 20 April, 2007, until it was quashed on 27 March, 2008.
Jones was convicted of breaching the Children's (Criminal Proceedings) Act 1987 (NSW), by broadcasting the suppressed name of a juvenile witness in a murder trial. 
The deputy chief magistrate, Helen Syme, criticised Jones for not issuing an on-air apology to the boy he had named, and said that Jones' offence was "serious". A magistrate is a judicial officer In Common law systems a magistrate usually has limited authority to administer and enforce the Law. The magistrate placed Jones on a nine month good-behaviour bond, fined him $1000, and recorded a criminal conviction. 
Outside the court, Jones said, "The court found it was not a simple mistake. My view does not count. "
In February 2008 Jones lost an appeal against his conviction. His lawyers told the judge they would be challenging the penalty at a future date. 
On 27 March, 2008, Jones' criminal conviction was quashed. The judge presiding over the appeal, Judge Michael Finnane, said: "While it was no excuse from liability in law that Mr Jones relied on The Daily Telegraph, the fact that he did, to some extent ameliorates the seriousness of the offence. " The judge confirmed Jones' guilt, but dismissed the charge and annulled the conviction. 
On Wednesday 18 October 2007 it was revealed that NSW State Coroner Mary Jerram was referring Jones and The Daily Telegraph to the NSW Supreme Court for comments made the Friday earlier relating to the inquest into the death of Private Jake Kovco. Events 1009 - The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a Christian church in Jerusalem, is completely destroyed by the Fatimid Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. A coroner is an official responsible for investigating deaths particularly some of those happening under unusual circumstances and determining the cause of death For "The Daily Telegraph" in Australia see The Daily Telegraph (Australia. The Supreme Court of New South Wales is the highest state Court of the Australian State of New South Wales (other than the Court of Appeal Jacob (Jake Bruce Kovco (born 25 September 1980, Melbourne; died 21 April 2006, Baghdad) was a Private Jones claimed that assisting counsel John Agius had unfairly attempted to persuade Kovco's mother into refusing a jury inquest, comments which Jerram stated could prejudice the inquest. Jones is being referred on the charge of contempt of court, which if found guilty could carry a jail term. 
|NAME||Jones, Alan Belford|
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||Australian radio personality|
|DATE OF BIRTH||13 April 1941 or 1943|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Oakey, Queensland, Australia|
|DATE OF DEATH|
|PLACE OF DEATH|