60 Minutes


Liam Bartlett is now in Bogota with a 60 Minutes crew. Nine has exclusive rights to a family reunion with Sainsbury and her sister and mother.


Sunday 14 May at 8.30 pm

All Australians are used to weathering frequent and ferocious thunderstorms, but the one that raced through country Victoria and slammed into Melbourne on November 21 last year was loaded with unexpected peril. Within a matter of minutes the entire city was left gasping for air in a mass asthma epidemic. Thousands were struck down, including many who weren’t even asthmatic. Emergency services were unable to cope with the number of calls for assistance and hospital emergency departments were overflowing with distressed patients. Tragically, nine people died that terrible day. What caused it was a highly unusual phenomenon called “Thunderstorm Asthma”, but this outbreak was the most severe and catastrophic the world has ever seen. In a special 60 Minutes investigation Tara Brown reveals that what is even more frightening is that it will happen again. The problem though is that no one knows where or when.
Reporter: Tara Brown
Producer: Garry McNab, Sean Power

Confused about the property market? Can’t afford to get in? Can’t afford to get out? Well you’re not alone. Surely, getting and keeping a roof over our heads should not be this hard. But the housing crisis continues to defy all attempts at a solution. It gets more shambolic and divisive by the day. The haves against the have-nots, rich versus poor, even old against young. This week on 60 Minutes, the Nine Network’s Finance Editor, Ross Greenwood, gets some blunt advice from those who should know the answers: Australia’s property billionaires.
Reporter: Ross Greenwood
Producer: Jo Townsend

Like thousands of other young mums, newspaper journalist Elle Halliwell will celebrate her first Mother’s Day on Sunday. It’s a joyous time for Elle and her husband Nick, who welcomed a baby boy into their lives last December. But it’s happiness mixed with stress and fear because two days before Elle discovered she was pregnant she was told she had a rare and dangerous leukaemia. Back then she faced an awful dilemma: abort the baby and save her own life, or risk her life by delaying her cancer treatment until after the birth. It’s a decision that is still causing Elle heartache.
Reporter: Allison Langdon
Producer: Stefanie Sgroi


Cassandra Sainsbury has told News Corp that she didn’t know that her mother and sister had sold her story, and that they didn’t get her permission.


Sunday 21 May at 8.30 pm

For the past five weeks South Australian woman Cassandra Sainsbury has been locked away in a dingy and overcrowded prison in Bogota, Colombia, accused of smuggling cocaine. The evidence against her is damning: 5.8 kilograms of the drug were found in her suitcase at the airport as she tried to leave the country. Cassandra says she’s innocent, but the reality is her prospects are bleak. It’s a distressing time for the 22 year old as well as her mother and sister, who’ve spent the last week in Bogota trying to make sense of this awful nightmare.
Reporters: Liam Bartlett
Producers: Phil Goyen, Sean Power

As a 12 year old Lyndal was sexually abused while she was a boarder at Toowoomba Prep; one of the Anglican Church’s elite private schools in Queensland. Her attacker always told her, ‘Don’t tell, no one will believe you,’ and as it turned out, he was right. The abuse went on for eight harrowing months before the predator’s evil was discovered. But that wasn’t the end of Lyndal’s suffering. Her attempts to get the help she desperately needed were ignored by the school and the church. Even approaches to the then Archbishop, Peter Hollingworth, led nowhere. He went on to become Australia’s Governor General, while Lyndal’s life spiralled out of control. After years of misery, one day she decided she’d had enough and what she did next saw the beginning of the end for the Governor-General. Lyndal’s inspirational battle has now been turned into a movie called Don’t Tell, but she’s never spoken publicly about her ordeal. Until now.
Reporter: Liz Hayes
Producer: Laura Sparkes



60 Minutes has assisted Lisa and Khala with their travel to Colombia. Reports in the media the program had done a deal with the family worth one million dollars are completely false.


The SMH sums up last night’s​ program:

[quote]You can pay for anything – but you can’t buy credibility. Allegedly? No, you can bank on that.



Fairfax can say what they want about the reports from 7, 9 and even News Corp for that matter.

One think they can’t say about them is they have all had reporters, producers and photographers on the ground in Columbia who are all breaking exclusives. Paid for or not, they’re covering the story and viewers and readers are watching in huge numbers.

What have we seen from Fairfax? A reliance on wire services, a use of freelancers and rewriting the content of others for their paper. I can’t think of much they have brought to the table on this story.

Maybe they could learn a thing or two from the others.


I think it is questionable whether this “story” requires that or indeed any investment at all.


Totally agree.


Quite amusing actually


Sunday 28 May at 8.40 pm

Like Dame Edna and Kylie before them, Hamish and Andy have achieved such a level of fame there’s no need to bother with their last names. For the record though, they’re Blake and Lee. The stars of radio and television have been making Australia laugh for 15 years now, although when the gangly duo first came to our attention, no one predicted their longevity or celebrity. On 60 MINUTES, Hamish and Andy share the rather simple secret to their business success - if they’re having fun, then so too will their fans. Liz Hayes is also invited behind the scenes to meet the best mates’ families and she discovers there’s a new generation of performer who can’t wait to steal the show.
Reporter: Liz Hayes
Producer: Nick Greenaway

In a Brisbane court today, one of Australia’s most horrendous crimes was finally solved when 78 year-old Vince O’Dempsey was found guilty of murdering young mother Barbara McCulkin and her two daughters, 13 year-old Vicki and 11 year-old Leanne. In all likelihood, the evil thug O’Dempsey will now spend the rest of his life in prison, along with another monster, his 70 year-old co-accused, Garry Dubois, who was convicted of the crime in a separate trial late last year. The murders happened 43 years ago and had been one of Queensland’s oldest cold cases. But as Ross Coulthart reports in this major 60 MINUTES investigation, the brutal crime was only solved because of the incredible dedication of two unassuming police detectives who convinced two vital witnesses to do the unthinkable - to break a four-decade-long criminal code of silence.
Reporter: Ross Coulthart
Producer: Grace Tobin


Note; yet another start time for 60 at 8:40pm start time but earlier than the previously advertised 9pm.

[quote=“TV.Cynic, post:324, topic:117”]
[/quote]60 Minutes used to be full of great journalism - not anymore.


The stopwatch has slowly been turning into A Current Affair: Weekend Edition for at least a decade now, right?


Sunday 4 June at 9.00 pm

Joel De Carteret’s remarkable journey proves the power of love can overcome truly impossible odds. There’s an extraordinary ending to this story, but it begins with heartbreak. As a five year old Joel got hopelessly lost from his mother when he wandered away from the family home and into a bustling city market in the Philippines. He searched and searched but couldn’t find her, and eventually was taken to an orphanage. Imagine his despair as for the next 18 months this little boy contemplated a future with little hope. But Joel is plucky and also lucky. He’s adopted by a caring and loving Australian family. He goes on to lead a happy and successful life here, except something is always missing. Six months ago, 30 years after getting lost, Joel De Carteret couldn’t ignore the pain any longer. He had to find his birth mother. But in a country of one hundred million, where would he even start to look?
Reporter: Liam Bartlett
Producer: Jo Townsend

Everyone at Channel 9 knows and loves Matt Callander. He’s not just a great bloke, but as the boss of Nine’s award-winning rugby league coverage, he’s also a very talented TV executive. 12 months ago though, Matt was diagnosed with an aggressive and deadly brain cancer. Understandably his life was thrown into turmoil but instead of feeling sorry for himself and quietly retreating to the love of his beautiful wife and four children, Matt has set out to defeat the odds. His battle is uphill, a lot like the local under-eight team taking on the state-of-origin-winning New South Wales Blues, but he doesn’t care. Matt’s determined to find a cure for this terrible disease, and as Peter Overton discovers, it’s a search that starts with a beanie.
Reporter: Peter Overton
Producer: Nick Greenaway

For the past 20 years Anthony and Chrissie Foster have been fighting the Catholic Church and in particular, Cardinal George Pell. They’ve been battling for the most fundamental of rights: recognition and justice for their two daughters – and countless other children – who were the victims of paedophile priests. Tragically and unexpectedly, 64 year old Anthony died last week after a fall at his Melbourne home. Tara Brown looks back at this tireless crusader’s courageous work.
Reporter: Tara Brown


Note - yet another start time.


I think this week’s episode will not start on time due to the first live show of The Voice this year. 12 contestants will perform plus an elimination sing-off. Given the length of ad breaks and judges comments, I reckon 60 Minutes will not start until around 9.15pm.


With Allison Langdon back from ML, has Peter Stefanovic filed any reports? @SydneyCityTV , has he made any reports for Nine News Sydney?

** 60 Minutes will be renamed: A Current Affair- 60 Minute edition. :wink:


As far as I’m aware, Peter Stefanovic hasn’t filed any reports for Nine News Sydney for some time now.


So will he still be part of the team?


ACA Sunday!