Seven and Nine are both looking to land an interview with teenager Jamie Murphy, 18, after he was released by police in Bali.
The Perth teenager was detained on Tuesday after he was found carrying 1.6 grams of a white powder.
Police chief inspector Sugeng Priyanto said the powder tested positive for painkillers, caffeine and cough medicine. No drugs were detected in his blood and urine, or in the white powder found on him in a Kuta nightclub.
After being cleared he is understood to be free to negotiate interviews.
The Proceeds of Crime Act prohibits convicted individuals profiting from crime, including those overseas.
Yesterday entertainment reporter Peter Ford told 3AW it was unlikely networks would pay above $50,000 for the interview, and that it wasn’t clear whether he would stump up as good talent.
With shows such as 60 Minutes and Sunday Night now moving into summer ratings, it is also less lucrative.
Two weeks ago Nine screened a 60 Minutes interview with Gable Tostee, which attracted hefty criticism but ultimately rated well.