60 Minutes: Aug 11

Two crime stories on 60 Minutes this week including one surrounding a former presenter of shopping channel TVSN.

Return to Sender
It was one of Australia’s most shocking crimes. A devious and cruel criminal constructs and sends a parcel bomb to a beautiful Sydney centrefold model. But the package misses its target and explodes instead in the face of her body-building boyfriend who suffers terrible injuries. Police are clueless until a tip-off points the finger of suspicion at an Aussie TV star, Roberto de Heredia. But before the case can get to court de Heredia stages his own death and does a runner. He flees overseas and it’s 17 years before he is caught and dragged back before a judge. Then another twist: at his trial the defendant with the killer good looks convinces the jury he’s no would-be murderer. Having been acquitted of the crime, Roberto de Heredia now wants Australia to know why he’s innocent.
Reporter: Liam Bartlett
Producer: Nick Greenaway

Hunting for Answers
For thousands of Australians every year Canada is a wonderful place to visit. It’s not only spectacular but also one of the friendliest and safest countries on earth. However, four weeks ago something awful happened there. A young Australian tourist, Lucas Fowler, and his American girlfriend, Chynna Deese, were murdered. Days later a Canadian university professor was also killed. The attacks were random, unprovoked acts of violence, but the Royal Canadian Mounted Police quickly linked the crimes. Disturbingly it seems the perpetrators were two teenage boys who then went on the run, becoming Canada’s most wanted fugitives. On Thursday they were finally found, dead. For the last two weeks Sarah Abo has been the only reporter to spend time with the distressed father of one of the boys. Abo and her team were with Alan Schmegelsky as heavily armed police and soldiers scoured Canada looking for his 18-year-old son, Bryer. She also spoke with him in the moments after he found out Bryer was dead. In an extraordinary series of interviews Mr Schmegelsky tries to explain the circumstances that may have led his child down a path of evil.
Reporter: Sarah Abo
Producer: Thea Dikeos

Sunday on Nine.


  1. The headline in TV Tonight Programming to click on the story says “surrounding a former presenter”.

    Click on the story expecting to find out what secret story they’ve dug up about Jana, Ray etc.

    And you see that a few words had been “accidentally” missed.

    “Former presenter of shopping channel TVSN”

    which makes a big difference.

    More click bait David ???

    • Hi John. I try to take clickbait quite seriously so allow me to respond. Firstly, it isn’t in the headline, it is in the excerpt. Secondly, if you look to the synopsis from Nine they referred to him as a TV “star.” I too expected to see a big name but did not recognise him. With some research on my part I worked out who he was to explain for my readers and clarified his true status, a former shopping network presenter (whacko!). But that still makes it the “most TV” relevant aspect of the episode, hence I have no problem leading with it for a TV blog. Cheers.

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