60 Minutes


Sorry I haven’t watched 60 minutes in a while, but when was the last time they used the famous ‘roll call’ introduction?


Sunday 29 October at 8.30 pm

It’s been a miserable few weeks for Malcolm Turnbull’s government, stalled by myriad cock-ups and controversies. But the greatest challenge it faces continues to be Australia’s crisis over energy supply and cost. Who hasn’t been shocked by a recent electricity or gas bill? And who isn’t infuriated that power prices have risen so sharply? In a country as abundant with resources as ours it defies logic that there are now some Australians who can’t even pay for the electricity or gas to cook a simple meal. While federal – and state – politicians scramble to act, Elon Musk, the American billionaire with the brilliant mind, says he wants to help. In an exclusive interview with Liz Hayes, Musk says Australia’s energy emergency is easily fixable, and his construction of the world’s largest lithium ion battery at Jamestown in South Australia is proof.
Reporter: Liz Hayes
Producer: Grace Tobin

There’s an impressive statistic Michelle Bridges uses in her campaign to make us healthier. She says those people who have followed her advice have lost more than one and a half million kilograms of fat. That’s equivalent to the total weight of 20,000 Australian adults. There is no question that this is a substantial achievement, but why then is the personal trainer made famous by TV’s The Biggest Loser so controversial? Maybe because no one likes being told the truth about obesity and the fact that it is killing us. Or maybe it’s because of resentment that Michelle Bridges has so successfully parlayed bad news into enormous profits.
Reporter: Allison Langdon
Producer: Stefanie Sgroi

In fiction and in reality the crocodile has generated some amazing Australian characters. Think Dundee and Irwin. And there’s another we all should know – the Barefoot Bushman. Rob Bredl is a shoeless showman who relies on the science of animal behaviour to ride on the backs of monster crocs, all the while insisting that playing with them is not as dangerous as it looks. That’s a position he still holds even though last year one of his beloved animals grabbed him in a death roll and tried to eat his arm. The attack almost killed Rob and he spent months in hospital and in recovery. Now, battered but fit again, the Barefoot Bushman is about to get back on the croc, and Charles Wooley went along to find out if he’s fearless or just plain foolish.
Reporter: Charles Wooley
Producer: Ali Smith


Sunday 5 November at 8.30 pm

To be a champion footy player it helps to have the athletic attributes of size, strength and a mighty kicking boot. Hannah Mouncey certainly ticked those boxes and was in demand by the top clubs to play in the newly established AFL women’s competition, the WAFL. But the AFL said no. It decided Hannah was ineligible because at 1.88 metres (six-foot-two) and 100 kilograms, she was too much of a physical threat to her opponents. For many it seems like a clear case of discrimination. However this case is not that simple – Hannah wasn’t born a girl.
Reporter: Peter Stefanovic
Producers: Steve Jackson, Sean Power

Renee McBryde and Samantha Byran live worlds apart but share a terrible truth. They are the innocent offspring of cold-blooded killers, their fathers both convicted murderers. But discovering that dark secret hasn’t been the only torment for these two young women. More troubling is the lurking question: Are killers made or born? And is there such a thing as a murder gene?
Reporter: Liz Hayes
Producers: Nick Greenaway, Eliza Berkery

It has been said that desire was always the central theme of INXS music, and as its front man, Michael Hutchence famously embodied seduction and yearning. This year marks 40 years since six high school mates from the Northern Beaches of Sydney got together and formed what would be one of the biggest rock bands in the world. This month also sees another anniversary, one nobody wants to celebrate – 20 years since Hutchence was found dead in a Sydney hotel room. On 60 MINUTES the remaining five original band members pay tribute to the Michael they knew, a fun, caring but mischievous friend. They also journey back to the school where the music began and make a surprising discovery – reporter Tara Brown is one of the alumni.
Reporter: Tara Brown
Producer: Laura Sparkes

A few days ago Veronica Neave celebrated her 50th birthday, and the greatest gift she received was the news that doctors had not yet diagnosed her with cancer. It sounds strange, but in the Neave family being healthy is rare because so many of them have been cursed with the BRCA 2 cancer gene mutation. While Veronica does carry the gene, unlike her sister, mother, father, aunt, grandmother and great grandmother, who have all died from cancer, she remains fit and well. And while she is surviving and thriving, she is determined to honour her family by helping others.
Reporter: Peter Stefanovic
Producer: Michelle Tapper



Sunday 12 November at 8.30 pm

When Ben Debono’s wife of three months, Leah, died of melanoma earlier this year he was heartbroken – until his grief was overtaken by anger. Ben says 29-year-old Leah should still be alive. Like most Australians, she was sun-smart and knew the dangers of melanoma. When she noticed an unusual mole on her arm she immediately had it examined by two doctors. They reassured Leah she had nothing to worry about, but they were wrong. Now Ben is on a crusade, travelling the country on the honeymoon he never had, warning other Australians about the risks of this deadly disease.
Reporter: Allison Langdon
Producer: Bryce Corbett

For anyone who thinks Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership is in turmoil, it’s nothing compared to what is happening in the United States with President Donald Trump. A year on from the election, he continues to be dogged by accusations that he only won the top job because of Russian meddling. The most serious claims – currently being investigated by the FBI – are that Russian spies offered the Trump campaign dirt on Democrat opponent Hillary Clinton in return for a promise to overturn tough anti-corruption laws. Ross Coulthart reports from the United States that if the allegations are proven, key members of Donald Trump’s inner circle could go to prison – and eventually, even the President himself.
Reporter: Ross Coulthart
Producer: Phil Goyen

As far as gripping, real-life crime thrillers go, this one has everything. A mutiny, a psychopath and a brutal mass murder. It’s a 388-year-old cold case mystery that dates back to 1629 when the Dutch sailing ship, Batavia, struck a tiny atoll off the West Australian coast near Geraldton. Almost 300 passengers and crew survived the shipwreck but over the next few months, as they waited to be rescued, more than 100 were slaughtered. For centuries their bodies lay buried, the story forgotten. But now the search for the truth about Australia’s greatest mass murder is underway as archaeologists from Australia and the Netherlands dig up new clues – and victims.
Reporter: Liam Bartlett
Producer: Nick Greenaway


Sunday 19 November at 8.30 pm

If anyone thought the insults hurled between North Korea and the United States couldn’t get any more ridiculous, then this week set a new standard in farce. The rogue nation imposed the death sentence on President Donald Trump because he apparently called their leader, Kim Jong-un, short and fat. Ordinarily this kind of behaviour would be quickly dismissed, but 2017 has seen tensions on the Korean peninsula rise to the most dangerous level ever. The threat of nuclear war is real and experts calculate Kim Jong-un’s regime has now amassed as many as 60 nuclear warheads. As well, advances in the North’s ballistic missile program mean it can target not only mainland USA but also northern Australia. After months of negotiations, Nine News correspondent Tom Steinfort was given rare permission to travel to North Korea. There he worryingly discovered a country whose people are ready for conflict, and bizarrely, almost gleeful that a consequence of it could be the end of the world.
Reporter: Tom Steinfort
Producer: Garry McNab

Charles Wooley reckons he got into journalism for no loftier reason than it looked like a lot of fun. And back when he started, it certainly was. Over the years though, he says the world has grown much more earnest, while new technology has eroded the traditional business of newspapers and TV. These days the craft and art of journalism doesn’t seem quite as enjoyable – unless you’re working on the NT News, Darwin’s daring, anything-goes daily newspaper. The NT News is a fish and chip wrapper which is trying to buck the trend of declining circulation with outrageous front page headlines and cheeky stories, like the old days. So when the editor offered the 60 MINUTES reporter a job, Charlie happily went looking for a scoop.
Reporter: Charles Wooley
Producer: Ali Smith


Sunday 26 November at 8.30 pm

There’s no doubt about the marvel of in vitro fertilisation, or the brilliance of the scientists who pioneered it. In the last 40 years IVF has miraculously transformed childless couples into parents by literally creating millions of bundles of joy. But there’s an element of the technique which is causing a little-known and serious ethical dilemma. What do couples do when they complete IVF treatment without using all their embryos? Destroy the leftover ones? Or donate them to other want-to-be parents? Allison Langdon reports that while embryo donation can be the most generous gift of all, it also comes with risks, and one very tough question: just what are the implications of giving your unborn child to a complete stranger?
Reporter: Allison Langdon
Producer: Laura Sparkes

For 41 years, rock band U2 have had the world singing and thinking. The Irish supergroup are almost as well known for their politics as their countless hits. Bono, the Edge, Larry Mullen Jr and Adam Clayton were teenagers in Dublin when they got together in 1976 to avoid the bleak prospect of unemployment. As they say, the rest is history, but when Tara Brown sat down with them in Brazil she found a group not prepared to live off the success of their past. Next week U2 will release their 14th album, Songs of Experience, and they seem just as hungry and joyfully defiant as ever. U2 also let Tara in on a little secret: after a seven-year absence they could be on their way to Australia next year.
Reporter: Tara Brown
Producer: Grace Tobin

Somewhere out in the backblocks of Australia’s red centre there’s a cloud of dust created by a battered old 1979 Toyota Land Cruiser called Alice. Behind the wheel is a wonderful young woman, Edwina Robertson, and next to her, her bitsa dog, Jordie. Alice, Edwina and Jordie are on a mission to discover Australia and bridge the great divide between city and bush. Edwina, or Eddy as she is known, doesn’t have any money, so she is funding her journey by trading her skills as a professional photographer with bush families, in return for hospitality and a bit of fuel for Alice. It’s such a simple yet glorious adventure that Charles Wooley decided he just had to hitch a ride.
Reporter: Charles Wooley
Producer: Ali Smith


Allison Langdon leaves 60 Minutes:


A NSW couple has lost a defamation case against 60 Minutes, related to material broadcast in the 2014 interview with their daughter who claimed she was kidnapped and forced to marry her cousin in Syria.


Profile on 9Now


Tom Steinfort joining the program full time from tomorrow



Looks like he’ll be swapping with Pete Stefanovic. Good to see as Tom is a good reporter and 60 Minutes will help to build his career.


Are the Stefanovic’s spewing that he got that job and they are stuck doing breakfasts?



It’ll be rather interesting to see if 60 Minutes does their inevitable “40 Years” special program at the end of 2018 or early 2019, remembering that the “20 Years” program aired in Late 1998 while the “30 Years” program aired in Early 2009.


Great promo!


Sunday 8:40 pm


60 MINUTES returns for its historic 40th year this Sunday at 8.40pm on Channel Nine and 9Now.

The award-winning program has its lineup of Charles Wooley, Liz Hayes, Liam Bartlett, Tara Brown, Ross Coulthart and Allison Langdon back on the road this year, along with former Weekend TODAY host, Tom Steinfort, who joins the team. Here are this week’s stories, headlined by Liz Hayes’ exclusive access to Prime Minister Turnbull.

For the first program of the 40th season, Liam Bartlett investigates one of the strangest stories in 60 MINUTES history. Chloe Ayling is a stunning and in-demand glamour model, but last July she was abducted off a street in Milan in Italy by two masked men. She was drugged, gagged, and held hostage in a remote farmhouse. The kidnappers’ evil intention was to auction Chloe on the internet as a sex slave to the highest bidder. The plan failed, because the 20-year-old model says she was able outwit her captors. But Chloe’s story of escape from this nightmare is almost too heroic to believe, and many people think she’s lying. An Italian court is currently trying to determine the truth in this gripping case, but in an exclusive interview with 60 MINUTES, Chloe maintains she is the victim, not the mastermind of an elaborate publicity scam.
Reporter: Liam Bartlett
Producers: Stefanie Sgroi, Eliza Berkery

There are two words Prime Ministers never want to hear in the same sentence – sex and scandal. Just ask Malcolm Turnbull, who has been lumbered with cleaning up the political mess caused by the personal life of his deputy, Barnaby Joyce. By Thursday, the Prime Minister had had enough of Joyce, describing his actions as a “shocking error of judgement”. On Friday, Barnaby Joyce hit back, accusing Turnbull of being “inept and unnecessary” in his comments. This embarrassing crisis for the coalition government has played out while Liz Hayes films a profile story on Malcolm Turnbull for 60 MINUTES. For the past month she has been given exclusive access to the Prime Minister, travelled the country with him, and filmed him at home with wife Lucy. Hayes reveals the latest developments in the Barnaby Joyce saga. Her candid interview with the Turnbulls also gives a remarkable insight into why the Prime Minister is so disappointed with his deputy.
Reporter: Liz Hayes
Producer: Gareth Harvey

There has been an incredible amount of noise recently about the Bitcoin boom. For canny – or lucky – investors who got in early, watching the value of this crypto-currency soar to unimaginable highs was like winning the lottery. The price of Bitcoin is now rapidly retreating, but true believers say there are going to be many more digital goldrushes just like it. As Tom Steinfort discovers though, buyers need to beware, because this crypto-craziness is attracting the crypto-sharks, who are circling with some outrageously brazen scams.
Reporter: Tom Steinfort
Producers: Gareth Harvey, Sean Power


US 60 Minutes is 50


Caps from the show last night: