The media circus around Schapelle Corby has intensified in Bali ahead of her expected arrival home tomorrow.
So far a tell-all TV interview is yet to be confirmed.
Nine’s A Current Affair was reportedly approached by Mercedes Corby to canvas interest in an interview with her sister two weeks ago but the network declined the meeting.
News Corp reports Grant Williams, Nine’s deputy director of news and current affairs said the Commonwealth proceeds of crime act trick-wired any TV contract.
“Everyone always eggs you on to throw the first punch but once you do, they’re the first ones to run to the headmaster about it,” he said, adding “we can live without that headache.”
Corby’s homecoming package was originally rumoured to have a $400k asking price, but when TV networks weren’t prepared to pay, the deal was broken into smaller pieces and magazines were offered exclusive photos of Schapelle on her plane trip home for an estimated $15k.
Corby has not emerged from her Bali villa for a week. The Guardian notes that for the past fortnight, Australian media crews have been waiting outside the small villa. Mercedes left a note on the gate demanding they “stop invading our privacy – Immigration have been notified with footage of you putting the go-pro over our fence and cameras over the fence. SO RUDE!!”
ABC News has been told Corby will need to sign formal documentation before being taken to the airport and into immigration detention and a holding room.
She will then board a flight, likely to Brisbane.
Protection has been ordered by Bali’s police chief to ensure a safe deportation.