60 Minutes says sorry over kidnapping story

60 Minutes has finally apologised over the kidnapping saga.

In April reporter Tara Brown and her crew, Brisbane mother Sally Faulkner and Child Recovery Agent Adam Whittington and his team were all arrested in Lebanon.

They were attempting to retrieve two children from their biological father Ali Elamine.


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The team from 60 Minutes, as well as Ms Faulkner, were all bailed out of a Beirut prison by Channel Nine.  Mr Whittington and his crew remain behind bars.

60 Minutes’ Executive Producer Gerald Stone has labelled this the biggest crisis in the show’s 37-year history.  He also admitted too many risks were taken.

On Sunday night he spoke to Michael Usher explaining that “there were ways to do it that could have reduced those risks, but to try and cover a parental kidnapping in one of the most heavily-guarded capitals of the world was a bridge too far”.

“I just thought, and it’s amazing to me, that a program that bases itself on asking the right questions, didn’t think to ask those questions itself.”

60 Minutes senior producer Stephen Rice was sacked after he was mostly held responsible for the story.

Stone said that as a producer and supervisor, the responsibility ultimately rested with him.

The other three invoved were censured and received formal warnings.