60 Minutes (Australian TV program)

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60 Minutes
60 Minutes Logo.png
Created byDon Hewitt (original format)
Presented byLiz Hayes (1996–present)
Tara Brown (2001–present)
Liam Bartlett (2006–2012, 2015–present)
Sarah Abo (2019–present)
Tom Steinfort (2018 2020-present)
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons40
Executive producerKirsty Thomson
Production locationsTCN-9 Willoughby, New South Wales
Running time60 minutes
Original networkNine Network
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release11 February 1979 (1979-02-11) –
Related shows60 Minutes (1968–present)
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60 Minutes is an Australian version of the U.S. television newsmagazine show 60 Minutes airing since 1979 on Sunday nights on the Nine Network. A New Zealand version uses segments of the show. The show is produced under licence from its owner Network Ten (since 2017, the Australian subsidiary of CBS News, which owns the format that premiered in 1968), which also provides selected international segments for the show.


Current Correspondents[edit]

  • Liz Hayes (1996–present)
  • Tara Brown (2001–present)
  • Liam Bartlett (2006–2012, 2015–present)
  • Sarah Abo (2019–present)
  • Tom Steinfort (2018, 2020–present)

Former correspondents[edit]

Contributing reporters[edit]


Executive producers[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. In 2018, 60 Minutes was inducted into the TV Week Logie Hall of Fame.[1]


In March 2016, a news crew for Australia's 60 Minutes working with Jan Sjunnesson came under attack, including having stones thrown on them and a car running over the foot of a cameraman who was trying to prevent it from leaving in the immigrant-dominated district of Rinkeby of Stockholm.[2] 60 Minutes published the video, on which reporter Liz Hayes states "there are now 55 declared no-go zones in Sweden."[3]

In April 2016, Tara Brown and eight other people (including three other staff members of Nine, David Ballment, Stephen Rice, and Ben Williamson)[4] 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. "A Lebanese judicial source" 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.[5] The group were released from custody only after Nine paid a substantial money settlement to the father of the children the subject of the abduction attempt. This operation sparked wide debate about the ethics of the journalism being conducted.

In May 2019, a jury ruled that a 60 Minutes story aired in 2015 about the 2011 Grantham floods defamed four members of the Wagner family, from Toowoomba, Queensland, by implying they were responsible for the 12 deaths that occurred during the disaster. In November, a court ordered Channel Nine to pay $2.4 million plus $63,000 in interest to the family. Nick Cater, a journalist featured in the program, was ordered to pay an additional $1.2 million in damages.[6][7] Justice Peter Applegarth, who was in charge of the case, stated that while Cater had information contradicting the program's allegations, he did not include them in the story. Applegarth also concluded that Channel Nine failed to inform the Wagners of the allegations until after the program had been publicised, and when the family did send a statement to Nine, they did not include it in the program.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Awards for 60 Minutes: Logie Awards". Internet Movie Database. 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  2. ^ Vincent, Peter (1 March 2016). "60 Minutes film crew attacked by a 'group of masked men' in Stockholm". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  3. ^ Hayes, Liz (20 March 2016). "Breaking Point". 60 Minutes (Breaking Point). 2:54–2:59: 60 Minutes Australia. Archived from the original (video) on 24 March 2016. there are now 55 declared no-go zones in SwedenCS1 maint: location (link)
  4. ^ Miranda, Charles (13 April 2016). "Kidnapping charges filed against 60 Minutes crew over botched child recovery mission in Lebanon". Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  5. ^ Shaheen, Kareem; Safi, Michael; Elgot, Jessica (12 April 2016). "Suspects in alleged Beirut kidnapping face jail and hard labour". Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  6. ^ a b Chen, David (22 November 2019). "Channel Nine ordered to pay Wagner family $2 million over defamatory 60 Minutes report". ABC News. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  7. ^ Knox, David (22 November 2019). "60 Minutes case leads to $3.6m defamation payout". TV Tonight. Retrieved 5 December 2019.

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