Killing bin Laden: A TEN News Special.

By David Knox on June 20, 2013 / Filed Under Programming 3

2013-06-19_2041Next week TEN screens a news special in which former US SEAL Mark Owen tells CBS News presenter Scott Pelley about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011.

Hugh Riminton will host the special for TEN to screen at 9:30pm next Tuesday night.

However, I’m not so sure this is really worthy of primetime interest anymore. It feels like old news to me. Guess the ratings will tell the story the next day….

In a one-hour TEN special event, hear the remarkable first-hand account of the raid that killed the world’s most wanted terrorist, from one of the US Navy SEALS who pulled the trigger.

Telling his story for the very first time on Australian television, Mark Owen – a former SEAL who was in the room when Osama bin Laden died – speaks to Scott Pelley in his only interview.

Owen, who uses a pseudonym for security, recalls each step of the May 2011 mission and the preparation he and the elite force made for it. His SEAL comrades and hundreds of others played a role in the historic mission that brought about the end of the decade-long hunt for the al-Qaeda terrorist leader.

Owen’s riveting account mirrors that of Kathryn Bigelow’s Hollywood blockbuster Zero Dark Thirty. His true identity is clouded in secrecy, and a heavy disguise and voice distorter are used to protect him.

Hosted by TEN’s award-winning National Political Editor and Canberra Bureau Chief, Hugh Riminton, Killing Bin Laden: A TEN News Special comes hard on the heels of NATO handing over security for the whole of Afghanistan for the first time since the Taliban were ousted in 2001.

Yesterday’s ceremony saw the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force hand over control of the last 95 districts in a transition process that began in 2011 when Bin Laden was killed.

Killing  bin Laden: A TEN News Special. Tuesday June 25, 9.30pm.

3 Comments »

  1. TimmyC June 21, 2013 at 4:12 pm -

    Don’t underestimate channel Ten. Ten can produce great content.

  2. Jason June 20, 2013 at 9:46 am -

    Nothing quite as unwatchable as yesterday’s news. Saw the news, read the book, watched the movie already.

  3. cnrmlj June 20, 2013 at 7:02 am -

    It’s on ten so we care less than if it was on nine or seven.

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