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)
Allison Langdon (2011–present)
Peter Stefanovic (2017–present)
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 41
Production
Executive producer(s) Kirsty Thomson (2016)
Location(s) TCN-9 Willoughby, New South Wales
Running time 60 minutes
Release
Original network Nine Network
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 11 February 1979 – present
Chronology
Related shows 60 Minutes (1968–present)
External links
Website

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]

Awards[edit]

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]

Executive producers[edit]

Reporting team[edit]

Present correspondents[edit]

Contributing reporters[edit]

Past correspondents[edit]

Original correspondents[edit]

Commentators[edit]

Past and present commentators include:

Controversies[edit]

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. According to Lebanese authorities, 60 minutes allegedly paid $115,000 directly to the Child Abduction Recovery International Agency, despite claims that the exchange was made by the mother of the children. The abduction agency used has also been widely discredited, with fake recovery stories being posted on Facebook and their operators having been arrested all over the world. The recovery involved the team waiting in a parked car on the street and then snatching the children from their Grandmother and nanny before driving away. [Media WatchLebanese 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. This operation by 60 minutes sparked wide debate about the ethics of the journalism being conducted and was a great humiliation to the program.

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References[edit]

  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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