The NT News revealed the story by reporter Frank Pangallo was filmed in March, 2011.
“Tonight, a new lead, which could be the final piece of this gruesome puzzle. Frank Pangallo has our world exclusive report,” said presenter Nick Etchells.
Truckdriver Paul Jackson told the Seven show indicated Falconio’s body was likely to be found at the bottom of a well at a remote station, north of Alice Springs. But the story and investigation could not be completed because the well was full of water.
At the end of the story Nick Etchells told viewers, “When conditions are dry we will return to Neutral Junction Station to complete that search.”
Pangallo told the newspaper he is still waiting to return to the well to on Neutral Junction Station.
“We’ve been monitoring that well since we shot (the show),” Pangallo said.
“Unfortunately there’s been 14m of water down there. Then there’s the fact that (Bradley) Murdoch has lodged his appeal.”
Neutral Junction Station manager Bev Thompson said the well has dried out in the past, but not in the two years she has been there.
But Today Tonight did not indicate to its audience that the story was filmed 3 years ago.
Pangallo said he failed to mention the time factor because it was “irrelevant”.
NT Police said they were never contacted by Today Tonight but did not indicate if they will search the well.
Nine spokesperson David Hurley told TV Tonight,“Only two acts can set this latest Today Tonight travesty right.
“First, the show must apologise unreservedly for the deliberate fraud it has perpetrated on its viewers, and hand in its practising certificate. And second, fearless reporter Frank Pangallo must be lowered into the well to complete his so-called investigation.”
Bradley John Murdoch is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of Peter Falconio.
UPDATE: A Seven spokesperson said: “This story has been – and continues to be an ongoing investigation by Today Tonight. Some vision used in the story broadcast on Today Tonight was shot in 2011 but never before broadcast. Today Tonight’s story contained new important claims and developments and we will continue to follow the story.”
Reporter Frank Pangallo told Fairfax: “It’s my story to break when I choose. It’s never been broadcast before. It’s not faked. I’ve told the NT News, yesterday, we shot the story in March 2011. Last year we aired a series in Adelaide that I had been shooting for two years.
“We’ve been waiting for the (well) levels to subside so we could return to dig for some evidence. We’ve kept monitoring the situation since then.”