60 Minutes admits ‘we made mistakes’, with 746,000 tuning in to watch tearful reunions

Last night’s episode of 60 Minutes drew an audience of 746,000 metro viewers for an episode which focused on the tearful return of the mother and crew to Australia.

60 Minutes and Nine has admitted it made mistakes.

60 Minutes reporter Tara Brown on last night’s show. Nine has now admitted it made mistakes.

At the start of the show, host Michael Usher admitted 60 Minutes was complicit in the “child recovery operation” of Brisbane mother Sally Faulkner’s children in Lebanon, telling viewers: “There is one thing we want to be clear about from the outset – we made mistakes,”

“In the next few weeks, we will share in detail what we know about this whole sad scenario and our role in it.”

The program then went to interview reporter Tara Brown where they discussed how “it went badly wrong” and Faulkner was forced to leave her children behind in Lebanon.

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In the interview between host Usher and Brown, the reporter told him of her shock at being arrested and how Faulkner has lost a lot in the turmoil that followed.

“I think despite how terribly it has gone she (Faulkner) has tried everything to get them back,” said Brown. “Ultimately she will be able to tell them she did everything.”

“I think when we presented ourselves and we were being questioned I thought we are journalists we are doing our jobs. They will see reason, they will understand that,” she said.

“I just thought reason would prevail, but it didn’t.”

60 Minutes was outrated last night only by the ABC’s Midsummer Murders, which had 778,000 viewers, and by the Seven and Nine news bulletins.

The second last episode of Darryl Somers’ You’re Back in the Room hypnotism game show drew 587,000 well down on its debut numbers which saw it pull well over 1m.

Seven’s broadcast of an AFL match Melbourne and Richmond drew 381,000 in Melbourne and Adelaide.

Ten’s highest rating program of the night was a repeat of Modern Family which had 331,000.

Seven’s 6pm news bulletin was the highest rating program of the night with 1.044m while Nine News’ bulletin drew 913,000.


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