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60 Minutes Australia is inducted into the TV Week Logie Hall of Fame

It’s one of the most respected and longest running current affairs shows in Australian television history.

And the stars, past and present, of 60 Minutes were reunited on Sunday when the show was inducted into the Logies Hall Of Fame.

Gerald Stone, the inaugural executive producer of the show, was in tears as he accepted the award from current cast member Liz Hayes at The Star on the Gold Coast.

‘Gerald Stone is a star, he’s a special man to us,’ she said. 

Teary! Gerald Stone, (pictured) the inaugural executive producer of the show, was in tears as he accepted the award from current cast member Liz Hayes (pictured right).

Reunion! The stars, past and present, of 60 Minutes were reunited on Sunday when the show was inducted into the Logies Hall Of Fame

Reunion! The stars, past and present, of 60 Minutes were reunited on Sunday when the show was inducted into the Logies Hall Of Fame

An emotional Stone remarked ‘good reporters don’t cry’, as he thanked Hayes for the award in front of the reunited stars.

‘Good reporters don’t cry. So I guess I have lost my stance a bit,’ he said. 

Today Show host Karl Stefanovic also appeared to shed a tear as he applauded his colleagues at Channel 9.      

Footy Show and Millionaire Hot Seat host Eddie McGuire, looked ecstatic as he clapped enthusiastically.

Emotional! Today Show host Karl Stefanovic also appeared to shed a tear as he applauded his colleagues at Channel 9

Emotional! Today Show host Karl Stefanovic also appeared to shed a tear as he applauded his colleagues at Channel 9

Hugs galore! Cast members of the show, past and present, thanked the first ever producer of the show, George Stone as he accepted the award 

Hugs galore! Cast members of the show, past and present, thanked the first ever producer of the show, George Stone as he accepted the award 

The popular show started life in 1979 and has been on our screens ever since. it has also been honoured with five Logies a special achievement Logie in 1985.

Widely recognised as producing some of the best investigative journalists in the country, 60 Minutes launched the careers of the likes of Jana Wendt.

Jana, who herself won a gold Logie in 1992, joined the cast in 1982  before leaving in 1988. She returned to the popular show in 1994.

Elated! Footy Show and Millionaire Hot Seat host Eddie McGuire, looked ecstatic as he celebrated and clapped in the audience.

Elated! Footy Show and Millionaire Hot Seat host Eddie McGuire, looked ecstatic as he celebrated and clapped in the audience.

Proud! George Negus, an inaugural reporter on the show, adjusted his glasses as he reunited with his cast members on stage. 

Proud! George Negus, an inaugural reporter on the show, adjusted his glasses as he reunited with his cast members on stage. 

She has also hosted A Current Affair for nine as well as dateline for SBS and Witness on Channel Seven.

Original cast member Ray Martin  helped popularise the show with his hard-hitting investigative style. Aside from 60 Minutes Ray is best known for his long tenure on the Midday Show and A Current Affair.

Fellow inaugural reporter George Negus also quickly became a dan favourite thanks to his uncompromising style in reporting across the far flung corners of the globe.

Early days: Ray Martin, George Negus and  Ian Leslie (pictured) were part of the original cast in 1979 before Jana Wendt (right) was added as a fourth reporter in 1982 

Early days: Ray Martin, George Negus and  Ian Leslie (pictured) were part of the original cast in 1979 before Jana Wendt (right) was added as a fourth reporter in 1982 

Leaving 60 Minutes in 1986, George took a presenting role on the Today show  until 1990 before moving to the ABC to host Foreign Correspondent. Moving to SBS in 2005 to host Dateline George then went on to front  6.30 With George Negus on Ten which lasted for six months.

Current cast member Liz Hayes has a long and storied history with the show, having joined the cast in 1996 after a stint hosting the Today show alongside Steve Liebmann.

Similarly, Tara Brown came to the show via Nine’s late night news show Nighline and a stint on A Current Affair. 

Eight year stint: Peter Overton (pictured)  found it hard to say goodbye after enjoying an eight year stint on the show from 2001 to 2009

Eight year stint: Peter Overton (pictured)  found it hard to say goodbye after enjoying an eight year stint on the show from 2001 to 2009

Peter Overton is another reporter who found it hard to say goodbye after enjoying a eight year stint from 2001 to 2009. He has worked as a contributing reporter for the show ever since.

Television veteran Kerri-Anne Kennerley was given the auspicious honour in 2017, wile former Play School star Noni Hazaelhurst got the nod in 2016. 

Hayes thanked the viewers who for over 40 years have tuned into 60 minutes stories.   

‘Our mission has always been to tell great stories and that continues to be our story, and we thank you very much and a special thank you to you, Gerald Stone,’ she said. 

‘You have been a magnificent guide to us during this program and it has been – there have been good times and there have been bad but you have been with us, we thank you.’ 

Cast member: Tara Brown came to the show via Nine's late night news show Nighline and a stint on A Current Affair

Cast member: Tara Brown came to the show via Nine’s late night news show Nighline and a stint on A Current Affair

 



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