60 Minutes interviews Grant Hackett

Nine is now moving on Grant Hackett’s ‘mea culpa’ moment ahead of his inclusion in its Olympics broadcast.

Hackett, who was involved in a widely-reported trashing of his apartment last year, talks to Tara Brown in this Sunday’s episode of 60 Minutes.

Hackett has also been dropped by some sponsors and corporate deals, and announced a separation with wife Candice Alley last month. However, Nine has stood by the former swimming champ in the lead up to the London Games.

60 Minutes indicates he is “ready to own up to his mistakes.” Many will be looking to see if he is sincere in his answers, and indeed if he will be subjected to the same sort of questions that a non-Nine interviewer might ask of him.

Fall from grace
He was Australia’s Golden Boy, a superstar in the pool and a much admired role model out if it. Grant Hackett had it all – Olympic medals, world records, a beautiful young family and a stellar career. Then his world came crashing down. On Sunday night, Grant speaks for the first time about his dramatic fall from grace, about the night he trashed his apartment, the collapse of his marriage and the allegations that he physically abused his wife. It’s been an excruciatingly painful few months but now this former champion is ready to own up to his mistakes.
Reporter: Tara Brown
Producer: Steven Burling

Black beauty
She’s the pride of the nation, a big bold Australian mare who’s broken all the records and captured the hearts of millions of fans. Black Caviar has been first past the post in each of her twenty one Australian starts. She’s pretty much achieved it all on home turf. So, like the great Phar Lap before her, Black Caviar headed overseas to take on the best in the world. Liz Hayes has been following her campaign from the start and is lucky enough to be at England’s Royal Ascot track for the most important race of her career this weekend.
Reporter: Liz Hayes
Producers: David Alrich, Ali Smith

The Power of One
It takes a lot of guts to stand up against a foreign government and the might of the US military. But Catherine Fisher is one brave and determined Australian. Ten years ago, she was raped in Japan by an American sailor. Neither the local police nor the US navy did anything to help. So Catherine began a long, painful and often frustrating investigation of her own. She discovered that her rapist got away with it because of a secret agreement between the Japanese government and the American military. What’s truly disturbing is that same deal applies here in Australia and U.S. sailors have already taken advantage of it.
Reporter: Liam Bartlett
Producer: Stephen Rice

7:30pm Sunday on Nine.


  1. …and how much more can be done on Black Caviar. “Australian Story” did a whole program on him/her recently. By the time the 60M story airs the result will be known and will have been replayed 50 times, so nothing exciting there.
    But it is a great horse. Black Caviar, I mean.

  2. Butterfly Carnage

    Some people see noteriety via public humilation. Lara Bingle is currently a good example, though a slow burner in the humilation stakes. The Hackett interview will be of Olympic proportions. However after an interview like this, and the content and areas it’s likely to cover; one doesn’t have noeriety as much as you’re seen as notorious. How you that front up to host part of the Olympics as if it never happened is incredulous.

    Why Nine is bothering with Hackett is not clear. It’s not like there’s any real TV talent here. Like Thorpe’s foray(s) into the medium, they both come across as self conscious, awkward and it’s not like there’s any sport/psych/strategic original thought or insight on offer.

  3. I gather this will be powder puff interview.
    Great media spin by Nine – 1st TV interview since break up or argument, I don’t think so.

    I wonder if they will ask him, why he lied about apartment being trashed or was that just one cereal bowl that accidentally broke whilst washing up.

  4. steve sydney

    Would it be cynical of me to suggest Nine standing by him was conditional on him only agreeing to be interviewed by either 60 mins or any other Nine Media outlet?

    Either way… I think 60 mins have really picked up their game this year.

  5. “However, Nine has stood by the former swimming champ in the lead up to the London Games” – which is what this piece is all about. Polishing the tarnished image.

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