60 Minutes gets shock Logie gong
RECENT controversies aside, Nine's flagship current affairs show 60 Minutes was honoured with an induction in the Logies Hall of Fame.
Soon to notch-up four decades on air, the program took a hit in credibility in April 2016 when reporter Tara Brown and her team were imprisoned in Lebanon over a bungled child abduction.
Earlier that year journalist Liz Hayes was caught up in a scandal when her crew was attacked while in Sweden reporting on the refugee crisis.
"I think sometimes you can make a bad decision, I can't colour it up any more than that," veteran reporter Hayes said on the red carpet at The Star on the Gold Coast.
"I guess sometimes you just get it wrong but I think if you own it, the next best thing you can do is move on and try and not to do that again."
Hayes continued: "To be honest anybody or any program that makes 40 years has probably got a good reason to celebrate. I think in the end, if we stay with what we always try to do, which is tell good stories, stay in our lane if you like, everybody has a very good mission really. Ultimately it is about telling good stories, sometimes we don't always go according to plan."
The program has won several Logies in the past, including five silver nods, a special achievement award and received nominations for a further six gongs.
While usually awarded to a person, other shows to take home the Hall of Fame honour in the past include Play School (2006), Neighbours (2005) and Four Corners (1992).
Journalist Jana Wendt presented the award on the night with a raft of 60 Minutes faces from years gone past taking part in the celebrations, including inaugural executive producer Gerald Stone who started the show in 1979.
Late media mogul Kerry Packer nearly axed 60 Minutes when Stone didn't include a story about the British elections in its first episode.
"So wonderful to see the program I started to see it still going strong," Stone said. "I don't think anybody could have thought that a program that started with such bad vibes would last 40 years, I certainly can't think of another like it. But never in those 40 years has it ever stopped, it just goes from strength to strength."
Current executive producer Kirsty Thomson said: "It's a program led by the best reporters, producers and crews who know how to tell uniquely compelling stories. Story telling is in the program's DNA and has been from the beginning. We still quote Gerald to each other in production meetings - 'Show me, don't tell me', 'If there's a flood the only person you want to interview is Noah'. This milestone reminds all of us at 60 Minutes how far we have come, now in our 40th year and still telling stories Australian's want to watch. It also reminds us of the great values Gerald, George (Negus), Ray (Martin), Ian (Leslie) and Jana (Wendt) instilled in the earliest broadcasts, values we still hold dear today."
PAST HALL OF FAME WINNERS
2017 Kerri-Anne Kennerley
2016 Noni Hazlehurst
2015 Home and Away
2014 Peter Harvey
2013 Brian Henderson
2012 Molly Meldrum
2011 Laurie Oakes
2010 Brian Naylor
2009 Bill Collins
2008 John Clarke