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ABC signs MOU with Indonesian National Public Television Network

The MOU jointly recognises the role of the ABC and TVRI as national broadcasters in their respective countries and serves as an expression of the ABC’s commitment to collaboration and cooperation with TVRI.

WARNING SIGNS IGNORED: Four lives lost in a military helicopter crash, tonight on 60 MINUTES

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In a 60 Minutes special report, Andrew Probyn investigates Australia’s decision to decommission its $3.5 billion fleet of MRH-90 Taipan helicopters after a tragic crash, questioning whether the helicopters are truly to blame or if there’s another underlying cause.

Meanwhile, in Glasgow, entrepreneur Billy Coull’s attempt to recreate Willy Wonka’s magic turns into a disastrous spectacle, highlighting the limitations of artificial intelligence in understanding the essence of childhood wonder.

This week on 60 Minutes:

THE MENACE OF THE TAIPANS

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They look mightily impressive. They’re relatively young. And they’ve cost more than three-and-a-half billion dollars to buy and operate. According to the top brass at the Defence Department though, Australia’s 46 MRH-90 Taipan helicopters are useless junk.

Others say that they’re dangerous, as the country tragically saw last July when one crashed near Hamilton Island killing four Australian airmen from the 6th Aviation Regiment.

It seems no surprise then that the helicopters have been taken out of service, and as the story goes, are about to be dumped in a great big hole at a secret Defence location. But what if it turns out that these machines aren’t as bad as we’re being told?

In a special report for 60 MINUTES, Andrew Probyn, the National Affairs Editor for 9News, investigates the very real possibility that there’s another reason for the terrible accident, and it’s one that has nothing to do with the reliability, or otherwise, of the MRH-90.

Andrew Probyn reports, produced by Hannah Bowers

WONKY WONKA

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It seemed like a good idea at the time. Scottish entrepreneur Billy Coull thought he’d make money, and just as importantly make a whole lot of children happy, by staging a Willy Wonka spectacular in Glasgow.

His idea was to take an empty warehouse and fill it with the wonder of Roald Dahl’s imagination. Coull promised it’d be like nothing the kids had ever seen before. And he was right. But for all the wrong reasons. The show was a disaster of monumental proportions.

Turns out, among Coull’s many failings, his greatest was to rely on artificial intelligence to plan and then sell the extravaganza. As Adam Hegarty discovered though, AI simply wasn’t smart enough to understand the magic of Willy Wonka.

This attempt at fun not only turned to farce, it also became the subject of worldwide ridicule.

Adam Hegarty reports, produced by Sammi Taylor.

60 Minutes, tonight Sunday April 21 at 8:40pm on Channel 9 & 9Now

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Kyle Laidlaw
Kyle Laidlaw
An avid media enthusiast of more than 10 years, Kyle regularly follows all things TV related, both in Australia and overseas with a particular interest in local free-to-air scheduling and new show commissions.
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