Oprah joins 60 Minutes in US


OPRAH Winfrey will join 60 Minutes in the US from September 24, reporting on a story about America’s political divisions.

It’s a testament to the power of the Sunday-night newsmagazine that it seeks to absorb one of television’s biggest stars into its fabric instead of the other way around.

media_camera60 Minutes in the US is celebrating its 50th year on the air. Picture: Supplied

One of the medium’s best-known celebrity interviewers will do some interviews, but will largely work against type in reporting stories, said Jeff Fager, the show’s executive producer.

“She wants to do stories with impact,” he said. “She’s driven by that and so are we. That’s part of why this is such a good fit for her.”

Oprah’s Tom Cruise interview

Many of Oprah’s interviews are iconic — like the time that Tom Cruise jumped on her couch as he declared his love for now ex-wife Katie Holmes.

She also scored a massive get, sitting down with Lance Armstrong when he admitted that he had taken performance enhancing drugs.

media_cameraOprah Winfrey, right, interviews Lance Armstrong in 2013. Picture: AP

Many of the names that made 60 Minutes great in the US — Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Ed Bradley, Don Hewitt — are gone now.

But the stopwatch keeps ticking every Sunday and this is its 50th anniversary year.

Scott Pelley, Lesley Stahl, Steve Kroft, Bill Whitaker and Anderson Cooper make up the show’s core.

media_cameraMichelle Obama gives one of her last interviews as US First Lady to Oprah Winfrey. Picture: Supplied

Charlie Rose, Winfrey, Sharyn Alfonsi, Lara Logan, David Martin, Norah O’Donnell and Jon Wertheim are among the contributors who also do stories.

Winfrey is said to be thrilled by the appointment.

Originally published as Oprah joins 60 Minutes in US

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