It looks increasingly likely that Seven has snared the exclusive interview with Schapelle Corby, with media today speculating about the appearance of Mike Willesee appeared at Bali’s Kerobokan prison with members of the Corby family.
Willesee files for Sunday Night, meaning an interview could run as soon as this weekend.
News Corp reports Seven’s cameras were inside the Corby family home in Queensland, celebrating her release today.
The price-tag on media deals, which is unlikely to be disclosed, has been tipped as high as $3m. But strict limitations on her parole conditions may impact her ability to speak freely, and could drive the deal down.
The Guardian reports there was no auction on the deal, despite being pursued by several networks.
Corby’s face today was shielded from a media feeding frenzy, perhaps to keep some exclusivity for her first television interview.
A deal with Seven, which is likely to include their Pacific Magazines, would contrast with the defamation case against the network, successfully won by Mercedes Corby in 2008.
Australian laws about profiting from crime will not have jurisdiction for Corby’s Indonesian conviction.
Tonight Nine reruns its Schapelle telemovie at 9:40pm which attracted 1.02m viewers last night.