9 / 11: 10th anniversary programming

Sunday marks the 10th anniversary since the tragedy of 9 / 11.

A number of channels will be marking the occasion with documentaries and even Live coverage on ABC News 24.

Other coverage including breakfast television shows will be updated as advised.

Tuesday, 6 September
9/11: The Day That Changed the World
8.30pm (Part 1) and 10pm (Part 2)
September 11, 2001 began like any other day in New York.
When the first plane flew into the World Trade Centre, people across the globe shared with America the horror of this unfolding terrorist attack that would one day change the world. Now, through the memories of America’s key decision makers, this documentary goes behind the scenes to show how the men and women at the heart of American power struggled to manage the assault on their nation.

Using archive and interview, 9/11: The Day That Changed the World gives a minute by minute account of how events unfurled onboard Air Force One, in the offices, the bunkers and the military headquarters as the President, his advisers, security services and the military tried to piece together what was happening, who was attacking the country and what was going to happen next.

High profile public figures including Former defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and former vice president Dick Cheney are among those interviewed about the parts they played in key decisions made behind the scenes on September 11. For the first time, 9/11: Day that Changed the World offers a complete picture of the decisive moments of that day in one program.

Sun Sept 11
7:30pm Engineering Gound Zero
Shot over three years with unique behind-the-scenes access from the Port Authority of New York, this film follows the reconstruction of the Freedom Tower, the September 11 Memorial, and the Santiago Calatrava-designed transportation hub on the hallowed 16 acres at Ground Zero. Weaving intimate personal stories into its extraordinary construction endeavour, this film is an epic tale of engineering, innovation, and the perseverance of the human spirit.

8:30pm Dateline
9/11: Ten Years On – Yalda Hakim is presenting Dateline live from New York this Sunday, 8.30pm on SBS ONE, as the world reflects on a decade since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The special episode will feature reports from the United States and Iraq, as Dateline examines the impact that fateful day continues to have on the world. SBS Chief Political Correspondent Karen Middleton will also report from Afghanistan where she recently spent time embedded with Australian troops fighting in one of Australia’s longest military conflicts.

Sun Sept 11
11:20pm Movie: September
Looks at how the events of 11 September 2001 changed the lives of three different families in Berlin. Lena is shocked that her boyfriend Ashraf lacks sympathy for the victims; policeman Helmer’s support of America borders on the fanatical; and Julia, the wife of a short-tempered stockbroker, becomes traumatised and withdrawn. Directed by Max Farberbock and stars Nina Proll,
Rene Ifrah Jorg Schuttauf.


Tuesday Sept 6 – Fri Sept 9
10.30pm Lateline
Features an interview with Lt. General William Caldwell, NATO’s head of training in Afghanistan; tomorrow night an interview with former Prime Minister John Howard; on Thursday night, an interview with Edit Lutnick, who lost her family on 9/11 and now runs a support network for some 600 plus families in a similar position; and Friday night, an intervie wwith Michael Scheuer, former head of the CIA’s Bin Laden unit.

Friday Sept 9
11:30am One Plus One
Thi sweek’s One Plus One hears from three individuals whose lives were changed by September 11. We hear from a female Muslim soldier in the British Army, Rabia Siddique, an Iraqi author who has now been permission to stay in Australia Hasan Chalawi and a survivor of the World Trade Centre attacks Genelle Guzman-McMillan. Presented by journalist Jane Hutcheon.

Sunday September 11
8:30pm Rebirth
Premiering on the 10th anniversary of the events of 9/11, Rebirth is a riveting journey into living history an act of personal witness to one of the most profoundly consequential events in American history and the healing that has come in its wake. How does the journey of grieving and recovery unfold for individuals and a nation? Rebirth chronicles the lives of five people profoundly affected by the 9/11 attacks.

As a decade passes, we witness the progress of a student whose mother perished, a widow of a first responder, a woman who survived above the impact zone, a man who oversees Ground Zero construction, and a fire fighter who lost his closest friends. As they cope with the excruciating and evolving pain of loss, time helps them refashion the scaffolding of their lives.

Meanwhile, amazingly, 14 time lapse cameras chart the entire multiyear rebuilding of 7 World Trade Center the first structure to rise to completion after the tragedy. The site’s renewal becomes a stunning metaphor for the cycle of life while the film’s characters reflect the resilience of humanity and the possibility of transformation in the face of anguish. Inspiring a collective catharsis, this exquisitely moving documentary helps us process what is unimaginable.

Rebirth is directed by Jim Whitaker and produced by David Solomon and Whitaker, with Danielle Beverly serving as field producer. The director of photography is Tom Lappin and the editors are Kevin Filippini and Brad Fuller. The film’s original score is composed by Academy Award winner Philip Glass.

10:15pm Compass: 9/11 Ten Years On
Compass examines the deep and enduring social, religious and cultural implications of 9/11 from an Australian perspective through the eyes of those directly affected. Ten years ago we watched in disbelief as the Twin Towers collapsed before our eyes. Even as it was happening we were told the ‘world had changed’ and a decade on, it’s evident many things have: from terrorism to heightened security and suspicion toward many things Muslim.

The legacy of 9/11 vacillates between personal loss and the collective experience of tragedy. Religion has come under the spotlight too, while ‘Islamophobia’ and moral panic about values have led some to claim that Multiculturalism has failed. But has 9/11 really changed as us a society? What about our faith, values and perceptions?

In this 10th anniversary special, Compass reflects on the ongoing repercussions and legacy of 9/11 through the experiences of Australians directly and indirectly affected. Two powerful personal stories propel this story. Paul Gyulavar’s twin brother Peter was one of the 13 known Australians killed in the attacks. He was an architect working in the South Tower on Level 91.

Ben Matthews was in New York staying in a hotel next door to the Twin Towers. Sleeping in saved his life, but he got caught up in the chaotic aftermath. His photographs provide an intensely personal and never before seen perspective on the moments after the attacks. As these personal stories unfold, a diverse range of informants and social commentators address the legacy and consequences of 9/11 for Australia.

ABC News 24
Sunday Sept 11
7:30pm One Plus One
Thi sweek’s One Plus One hears from three individuals whose lives were changed by September 11. We hear from a female Muslim soldier in the British Army, Rabia Siddique, an Iraqi author who has now been permission to stay in Australia Hasan Chalawi and a survivor of the World Trade Centre attacks Genelle Guzman-McMillan. Presented by journalist Jane Hutcheon.

9pm The World – Special Edition
Looking at the impact of 9/11 over the past decade. Live crosses from New York, London, Baghdad, Kabul and Islamabad.

10:30pm 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Live Coverage
Live coverage from New York and Washington of events marking the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Hosted by Ali Moore with live reporting from Scott Bevan, Craig McMurtrie, Jane Cowan, Sally Sara and international guests.

Tuesday Sept 6
9:30pm Special: Children Of 9/11

Sun Sept 11
10:30pm Seven News Special.
Seven’s live coverage as America marks the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Hosted by Chris Bath and Mike Amor, with crosses to reporters in New York, Washington and Afghanistan.


Sun Sept 11
9:30pm 9 / 11
A real life documentary following the events of September 11 from an insider’s view, through the lens of two French filmmakers who were in Manhattan the day that was September 11, 2011. Tonight we re-visit that fateful day and see what has happened in the 10 years since the tragedy.

Sun Sept 11
11:20pm 9/11 State of Emergency
On 9/11 the world changed forever and America was tested as never before – putting the judgment, values, bravery and ability to react of leaders and ordinary men and women alike under intense scrutiny. Offering a minute by minute account of that day, this special follows a range of people – some very famous, some very private and discovers how they behaved and how well they believe they responded.


  1. Just checked the updates and not sure if I’ll watch much on Sunday with the F1 on. Still think (so far) the SBS 9/11 special from the BBC on Tuesday was the best. I noticed on the EPG the GEM listing is not been changed. Also I’m amazed that ch7 is the only commercial channel doing live coverage Sunday night from NYC. I understand TEN has F1 commitments, why more use ch11? But Nine not showing something live, did I miss something?

  2. Just watching ad on ch.10 for 9/11 Ten Years On….and that was where I was…with Sandra Sully…..baby sitting my first grand child…just a few weeks old….and could not believe what I was seeing..

  3. Why would anyone care what Seven & Nine are doing? Unless your television set happens to be channel-fused to one of them… Oh, wait. That’s most of the country!

  4. GEM will show the French documentary 9/11 at 8.30pm on September 11. And SBS TWO will repeat the 2003 German film September, which looks at how the events of 9/11 changed the lives of three different families in Berlin, at 11.10pm on the same night.

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