60 Minutes (Australian TV program)

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60 Minutes
60 Minutes Logo.png
Genre Newsmagazine
Created by Don Hewitt
Presented by Liz Hayes (1996–present)
Charles Wooley (1993–2005, 2009–present)
Tara Brown (2001–present)
Michael Usher (2009–present)
Allison Langdon (2011–present)
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 41
Executive producer(s) Tom Malone (2013)
Location(s) TCN-9 Willoughby, New South Wales
Running time 46 minutes
Original network Nine Network
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 11 February 1979 – present
Related shows 60 Minutes (1968–present)
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60 Minutes is an Australian version of the U.S. television newsmagazine program 60 Minutes airing on Sunday nights on the Nine Network. A New Zealand version uses segments of the show.

Gerald Stone, the founding executive producer, was given the job by Kerry Packer and was told:[1] "I don't give a f... what it takes. Just do it and get it right." After the first episode was broadcast on 11 February 1979, Packer was less than impressed, telling Stone:[1] "You've blown it, son. You better fix it fast." Over the years, Stone's award winning 60 Minutes revolutionised Australian current affairs reporting and enhanced the careers of Ray Martin, Ian Leslie, George Negus, and later Jana Wendt.[1]


60 Minutes has won numerous awards for broadcasting, including five Silver Logies, one Special Achievement Logie, and received nominations for a further six Logie awards.[2]


In April 2016, Tara Brown and eight other people (including three other staff members of the Nine Network, David Ballment, Stephen Rice, and Ben Williamson)[3] were arrested on allegations of child abduction in Beirut. Lebanese judicial sources told The Guardian that the group were to be charged with "armed abduction, purveying threats and physical harm" - crimes which carry sentences of twenty years imprisonment with hard labour.[4] The group were released from custody only after the Nine Network paid a substantial money settlement to the father of the children the subject of the abduction attempt.

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Past and present commentators include:

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  1. ^ a b c Stone, Gerald (30 July 2011). "Just do it and get it right!". The Australian. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Awards for 60 Minutes: Logie Awards". Internet Movie Database. 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Miranda, Charles (13 April 2016). "Kidnapping charges filed against 60 Minutes crew over botched child recovery mission in Lebanon". Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  4. ^ Shaheen, Kareem; Safi, Michael; Elgot, Jessica (12 April 2016). "Suspects in alleged Beirut kidnapping face jail and hard labour". Retrieved 13 April 2016. 

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