60 Minutes


#394

After recently watching the US 60 Minutes, I much prefer the Australian graphics/ format. It looks much cleaner.


#395

New Promo Endtag:


#396

Sunday 25 February at 8:30 pm

WARNING!
There’s no nice way to put it: Goran Markovic is a con artist. He’s very good at being very bad, and no one should ever believe or trust him. For 40 years he has been perfecting his nasty craft, lying his way around Australia and the world, fleecing almost everyone he encounters. From millionaire businessmen to unsuspecting women – anyone it seems is a potential target. Even police, tasked with trying to bring Markovic to justice, have been mocked and taunted by this elusive “catch-me-if-you-can” crook. But in a special 60 MINUTES investigation, the tables are turned as the con man gets stung by two of his victims. Goran Markovic is finally caught and it’s all on camera.
Reporter: Tara Brown
Producer: Laura Sparkes

THE KIWI THAT SOARED
Politicians in Australia need to take note. It is possible to be liked. For proof they only need to look at New Zealand’s new prime minister, 37-year-old Jacinda Ardern. Four months after taking the top job, her approval ratings are soaring, with 70 per cent of the country believing she’s doing well. And now she’s taking nation building to the next level by combining politics with pregnancy. When she gives birth in June, she’ll be the first elected female leader in the western world to have a child in office. But becoming a mum isn’t expected to slow Ms Ardern down – she says she’ll be back running the country within weeks. As Charles Wooley finds out, Prime Minister Adern’s no-fuss, can-do attitude is an enormous hit with Kiwi voters.
Reporter: Charles Wooley
Producer: Nick Greenaway

THE EXTROVERTED INTROVERT
Liam Bartlett’s not sure if it’s good news or bad news, but he has discovered there are actually two Robbie Williams. One is one of the best-selling solo artists of all time, the charismatic and cheeky showman from the north of England. The other is a complete contradiction, an introspective, almost unsettled soul who often questions his self-worth. But no matter which Robbie Williams is in the room, Bartlett says both make for a must-watch interview.
Reporter: Liam Bartlett
Producer: Garry McNab


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Sunday 4 March at 8:30 pm

D FOR DISGRACE
The past few weeks have been an exciting time for thousands of young Australians who have taken the educational leap from high school to university. For many of the students there’s the added adventure of moving out of home and into on-campus residential colleges. But in a major 60 MINUTES investigation, Allison Langdon exposes a sinister underbelly at many of these residences, a seedy culture of degrading initiation rituals. The “hazing”, as it’s called, is often dismissed as university tradition or harmless fun, but for an increasing number of victims who have been subjected to humiliating bullying and sexual assaults it’s anything but. Even worse, many of the administrators of these residential colleges – the people responsible for looking after the students – are actually looking the other way.
Reporter: Allison Langdon
Producers: Gareth Harvey, Alice Dalley

SIZE MATTERS
It may seem obvious, but when it comes to big wave surfing, size definitely matters. And at up to one hundred feet, or more than thirty metres, the largest and meanest waves in the world slam into a headland in Portugal called Nazaré. Such is this monster break it often breaks those brave – or crazy – boardriders who attempt to take it on. Just this week, Australian surfer Ross Clarke Jones almost died after being wiped off a Nazaré wave. But the precarious divide between disaster and glory is precisely the reason he and other Aussie big wave legends like Mick Corbett can’t stay away from the place.
Reporter: Liam Bartlett
Producer: Nick Greenaway


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Sunday 11 March at 8:30 pm

HOME OF HORROR
After enduring years of misery, there’s finally some good news for the many victims of the Daruk Boys’ Home at Windsor, north-west of Sydney. A breakthrough in a major police investigation means several men who have been accused of dreadful physical and sexual crimes against teenagers will soon be receiving a visit from detectives. And what 60 MINUTES will also reveal is the identity of the superintendent of the government-run home whose job it was to protect the boys from harm. The young victims of the institution – now middle-aged men – say the superintendent not only refused to act on their claims of abuse, he punished them for speaking out in the first place. It led to even more suffering for the boys while he went on to a successful life in federal politics.
Reporter: Ross Coulthart
Producer: Laura Sparkes

THE WACO INSIDER
Waco, in the middle of Texas, used to be one of those American towns destined to be forever unremarkable. But 51 days of hell 25 years ago changed all that. It started when David Koresh, a cult leader who thought he was Jesus Christ, decided to take on the United States government. There was a violent gun battle and ten people, including four federal agents, were killed. But that bloodbath led to a bizarre standoff which lasted almost two months before Koresh, and 79 of his followers, were burned alive in a deliberately lit inferno. Only nine people survived. One of them was Australian man Graeme Craddock, and now for the first time he is telling what it was like inside Waco – and why he still believes David Koresh will one day return to Earth as the son of God.
Reporter: Allison Langdon
Producer: Gareth Harvey


#402

Sunday 25 March at 7:00 pm

ENOUGH
This weekend many cities in the United States will be taken over by teenagers, fed up with the way adults are running their country. The nationwide protests are to demand tougher gun controls. What’s significant – and impressive – is that these rallies are being organised and led by the very students who last month endured the horror of seeing their own classmates gunned down at the Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. Their simple message is getting louder by the day: enough is enough. And as Tom Steinfort reports, the students also have a very unlikely ally. Evan Ramsey is a convicted school shooter who is now spending the rest of his life in prison, regretting his moment of madness.
Reporter: Tom Steinfort
Producer: Nick Greenaway

HELP US BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE
It’s difficult to imagine a more desperate situation or a more desperate mother. For 33 years Yvette Nichol did her very best to look after and raise her intellectually disabled son. But as they both got older, she needed to know he’d be cared for when she was gone. Try as she might to get help, it never came, so fearing he had no reasonable future, Yvette did something shocking and deeply troubling. She attempted to kill her child and herself. In a remarkably candid interview with Liz Hayes, Yvette explains what drove her to the brink, and how her drastic action has exposed a shameful truth about the ongoing care of disabled Australians.
Reporter: Liz Hayes
Producer: Sean Power

GOLDEN GIRL
Although it seems as if she’s been around for as long as anyone can remember, surely it cannot be true that Kylie Minogue is about to turn 50. For most of us, this showbiz idol is ageless, or at least perpetually twenty-something. And even more enviably, her career – in TV, movies and song – continues to flourish. It’s little wonder Kylie’s new album is called Golden. But in an exclusive interview with Karl Stefanovic, on assignment for 60 MINUTES, Kylie reveals the pain of her recent broken engagement and talks about reports that it led to a nervous breakdown.
Reporter: Karl Stefanovic
Producer: Eliza Berkery


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Note new time of 7pm


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Sunday 1 April at 7:00 pm

THE SURGEON AND THE SOLDIER
When Munjed Al Muderis fled war-torn Iraq, he escaped with just two things: a medical journal and the determination to start a new life. In the years since, he has put both to great use. After arriving in Australia as an illegal immigrant, Associate Professor Al Muderis is now one of the most skilled surgeons in the world. His expertise is in a revolutionary procedure called Osseointegration, which fuses human bones with robotic limbs. On assignment for 60 MINUTES, Mark Burrows reports on an operation this remarkable surgeon performs to rebuild the often-troubled soldiers who fought in conflict zones like his old homeland – good men such as US Army Captain Luis Montalvan.
Reporter: Mark Burrows
Producers: Steve Jackson, Clair Weaver

THE YORKSHIRE ROSE
At 91, Jack Crane should be enjoying a quiet life at his home in Lithgow, west of Sydney. Instead he has found himself at the centre of one of World War Two’s most intriguing mysteries, the disappearance of an RAF Stirling bomber known as the Yorkshire Rose. In June 1944 the plane was flying a top-secret mission deep inside Nazi-occupied France when it vanished. There’s been no trace of it, or the 23 servicemen on board, since. But with a lot of help, Jack thinks he now knows where the Yorkshire Rose is and he’s fighting reluctant bureaucrats at the British Ministry of Defence, demanding they conduct a search. He desperately needs answers because his brother Bob was the pilot, and after three-quarters of a century, time is running out to bring this war hero home.
Reporter: Ross Coulthart
Producer: Howard Sacre

GOING FOR GOLD
This time last year Lauren Parker was one of Australia’s most promising triathletes.
Supremely fit, her life was an exciting blur of international competition and full-time training. Then she was involved in a dreadful, freakish accident that left her paralysed. Sadly, Lauren wasn’t just broken physically and mentally – she could see no hope. But after months of misery something extraordinary happened. Next week she’ll be going for gold at the Commonwealth Games. Peter Overton reports on Lauren’s inspiring reinvention, and how some mighty help from an unlikely friend got a gifted athlete back on track.
Reporter: Peter Overton
Producer: Howard Sacre

YOU CAN
On this holiday weekend Peter Overton also meets a beautiful young Australian for whom life has not been a holiday. Jess Van Zeil is fighting a brutal battle with melanoma, but incredibly, despite her illness, she says she’s a lucky one. That’s because she has been able to receive treatment at the newly established Melbourne You Can Centre, a facility specially designed by young cancer patients, for young cancer patients. Jess’s story highlights the urgent need to close the gap in care that currently exists for those with cancer who are aged between 15 and 25.
Reporter: Peter Overton
Producer: Jo Townsend


#405

Suggestion that interviews have been shelved.

Karl Stefanovic: 60 Minutes boss Kristy Thomson angry at Uber conversation
https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/has-karl-had-his-60-minutes-of-fame/news-story/921c844445c8d1ecd3ff0292c4bd6059


#406

That article is a premium one, but what I’d really like to know is whether it came from Annette “I stopped watching commercial breakfast TV” Sharp or another columnist?


#407

The article doesn’t have a byline. Not sure which “journos” are responsible for churning out “Confidential” these days.

The piece quotes an unnamed insider who claims Thomson isn’t a fan of Peter and doesn’t want Karl to be part of the show but his contract stipulates he has to be.

The article also mentions tensions being high on the Today set.


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Ross Coulthart’s contract hasn’t been renewed. Effect of expensive sports rights kicking in already. Watch the quality of 60 dip even further with more contributions from the Stefanovic brothers to fill the gaping hole.


#410

Jo Townsend has also left 60 Minutes.


#411

Last one out, please turn off the lights.


#412

Not that it’s likely to happen, but I think Tracy Grimshaw (or Leila McKinnon) would do a very good job on 60 Minutes as a full time reporter.


#413

Really disappointing that Ross’ contract wasn’t renewed. One of the programs better reporters.

I would much prefer Ross over Tom Steinfort and the Stefanovics combined.