Sunday Night

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Former Sunday Night reporter:

So sad. Seven were only showing his SN interview with John and Kerri-Anne Kennerley last night.

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Passing of Mike Willesee - Coverage
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Sunday 10 March

OCTOMUM

The world knows her as “Octomum”. She’s one of the most famous single mothers on the planet and for many years, also one of the most hated.

Natalie Suleman sparked a media frenzy when she gave birth to octuplets through IVF. Public fascination quickly turned to outrage when it was revealed she also had six other IVF children. But Natalie was determined to prove the haters wrong. And she’s done that and more.

Now as the octuplets celebrate their tenth birthday, we catch up with Natalie and her brood.

And as Sunday Night’s Angela Cox discovers, Octomum is now supermum - successfully raising her little army of 14 children in a modest three bedroom Californian townhouse with military-like precision.

BIT-CON

It was the one of the biggest scams the world had ever seen. Four billion dollars vanished overnight and thousands of Mum and Dad investors both here and overseas lost everything.

John Bigatton spruiked the company in Australia, selling the dream of huge cash returns for just a few months of investment. When Bitconnect collapsed, Bigatton went to ground.

But this tale of deception doesn’t end there. At the height of the drama, Bigatton’s wife Madeline suddenly went missing. Was her disappearance staged or was it something more sinister?

Sunday Night’s Matt Doran investigates John Bigatton’s role in the Bitconnect scandal and the disturbing mystery surrounding his wife’s disappearance.

This edition of SUNDAY NIGHT: TRUE STORIES hosted by Melissa Doyle airs on Sunday at 8.30pm on Seven and 7PLUS

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Sunday 17 March

SEX, GUYS & VIDEO

It’s been the summer of shame for our footballers. During the season, they’re lauded as Gods but once the weather gets warmer and there are no more games to play, they raise Hell. There’s the boozing, the violence and the sex videos…scandal follows scandal.

You only need to peek behind the façade of professional football and you’ll find a grubby undercurrent of misogyny and male entitlement. And this toxic culture is rampant in both of Australia’s biggest footy codes – the AFL and the NRL.

Players are often forced to front up to the cameras when they misbehave but we rarely hear from the women.

In this Sunday Night investigation, Steve Pennells speaks to the groupies and the WAGS at the centre of this warped world. And they’re ready to lift the lid on what goes on behind locker room doors.

DOUBLE TAKE

Here’s an eerie thought. Somewhere in the world we all have at least one “identical twin”. John Jemison and Neil Richardson look like twins and act like twins but they are not related. They are doppelgangers - two people who share uncanny similarities which in many cases extend beyond the physical. This puzzling human phenomenon is more common than you might think.

Sunday Night’s Matt Doran investigates whether there could be a scientific reason – something deep in our DNA – that solves the mystery.

This edition of SUNDAY NIGHT: TRUE STORIES hosted by Angela Cox airs on Sunday at 8.30pm on Seven and 7PLUS

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#630

Mel must be off or on location for a story. Good to see Angela hosting in her place.

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#631

I’d expect a report of this Boeing mess this or next week from SN or 60 so possibly is over in the USA again.

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#632

Denham Hitchcock has a special report from Christchurch tonight.

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#633

Channel Seven ‘African gangs’ claim breaches accuracy requirements

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has found Channel Seven Melbourne breached the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice in a Sunday Night program broadcast on 8 July 2018.

The ACMA investigation found a claim broadcast in the current affairs program was inaccurate and in breach of the code.

A Sunday Night reporter stated in the broadcast that there has been a considerable increase in crime by ‘African gangs’ and that they were responsible for ‘an alarming surge in violent crime’ in Victoria.

The ACMA found that, while the assertion in relation to the increase was supported, the comment that they were responsible for the surge was not.

‘Viewers deserve to know that news and current affairs programs contain factual statements that are accurate. It is unacceptable for news and current affairs programs to broadcast statements that may mislead audiences,’ said ACMA Chair Nerida O’Loughlin.

Following the investigation, the ACMA has requested Channel Seven bring the breach to the attention of its news and current affairs staff, and include it as an example in future code of practice training courses.

#634

Someone give ACMA some teeth. Where are the consequences here?

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#635

There’s also the fact that only Seven Melbourne was in breach of the code when as far as I’m aware, that particular edition of Sunday Night would’ve been transmitted nationally on every Seven O&O, Prime7, GWN7, SCA Seven and WIN Seven station.

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#636

Not a surprise. Seven would have been well aware that the content breached the code, but when this is the outcome why would they care?

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#637

With Mel still away on assignment Denham Hitchcock is hosting tonight.

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#638

This Sunday’s episode will feature a story on meat lovers v fanatic vegans.

Also Melissa Doyle is raising money for The Alannah and Madeline Foundation.

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MAYDAY

It should have been the trip of a lifetime…sailing along the Norwegian coast on a luxury cruise ship and watching the magical Northern Lights. But for those on board the Viking Sky, it became the holiday from Hell. The ship’s engines died in freezing rough seas, trapping 1370 passengers in the middle of the ocean. The scenes on board are terrifying and impossible to comprehend. The situation became so chaotic that many holidaymakers had to be rescued by helicopter in the middle of the night. But cruise industry insiders say the disaster could have been much, much worse. Sunday Night’s Steve Pennells caught up with the Australian passengers who survived the nightmare Norwegian cruise.

BEAUTY BUTCHER

They’re wives and mothers who now carry physical and emotional scars that will likely never heal. These women were promised safe, low cost breast surgery. But instead they were left butchered, disfigured and with life threatening infections. No-frills Australian doctor Les Blackstock even woke his patients up mid-operation, demanding they make surgical decisions. And as Sunday Night’s Angela Cox discovers that’s just the beginning.

THE BIG BEEF

There’s an old saying “you are what you eat”. But these days with fad diets, non-gluten this and dairy-free that “you are what you don’t eat” is probably more accurate. Now militant vegans are trying to dictate what we have for dinner and it’s put them on a collision course with our farmers. The fight is getting loud and very ugly and it’s left the meat-eating public with a bad taste in its mouth. This week on Sunday Night , Denham Hitchcock finds out just how far vegans are willing to go in this fiery fight.

This edition of SUNDAY NIGHT: TRUE STORIES hosted by Melissa Doyle airs on Sunday at 8.30pm on Seven and 7PLUS

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#641

Melissa Doyle is back this week.

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#642

Channel Seven breaches children’s privacy

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#643

How much more trouble can this show be in?

Horrid ratings, breaching policies, controversy after controversy, negative feedback, carbon copy of 60 Minutes. I’d be calling the axe if I was Seven. Mel Doyle deserves better.

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#644

Another Royal special this week.

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#645

How desperate can they get with so many royal stories? Move on already.

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THE ROYAL BABY - A SPECIAL EVENT

The countdown is on to the most anticipated birth of the year.

Royal watchers are on high alert as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex prepare for the arrival of their first baby.

And if there’s one thing we’ve learned watching Meghan and Harry, this couple doesn’t mind breaking with tradition.

Their relationship was a fairy tale tailor made for the millennial generation. A beautiful American actress – the very modern Meghan Markle – meets and falls in love with the cheeky ginger haired Prince Harry.

16 months later, they were engaged. Marriage followed soon afterward. Then on their Australian royal tour, they announced they were expecting a baby Sussex.

As the big day draws closer, Sunday Night explores the history and traditions of royal births from Her Majesty the Queen to the latest generation of princes and princesses.

So… will it be a boy, a girl or maybe even twins? That’s a close-guarded secret. What we can be sure of is that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will raise the seventh in line to the throne their way.

Sunday Night’s Melissa Doyle heads to England to bring us all the pomp, ceremony and excitement of the impending birth and goes beyond the gates of Norland College – the most prestigious nanny training school in the world. These royal nannies in waiting have all the charm of Mary Poppins as well as the skills of a secret agent.

This SUNDAY NIGHT: TRUE STORIES exclusive The Royal Baby: A Special Event airs on Sunday at 8.30pm on Seven and 7PLUS.