/ 21 January 2022

A big payday for Cleo

Image source: WA Police
Image source: WA Police

The Nine Network is the winner in the battle for 4yo Cleo Smith’s story. Australia’s biggest commercial media company has paid almost $2 million for an interview with the family of the missing-then-found girl. It’s believed to be one of the largest deals in Australian TV history. To recap, Cleo was taken from her family’s tent at Quobba Blowholes campground near Carnarvon in Western Australia early one morning in October last year, and after an 18-day search, she was found in a home in the town. Local man Terence Kelly was arrested, and he is expected to appear in court later this month. The network’s news director Darren Wick said the network is ”honoured that the family of Cleo Smith has chosen to tell their story to Nine”. Cleo’s story is in stark contrast with 2 awful cases this week. The murder of Charlise Mutten in NSW’s Blue Mountains is one. And yesterday, we learned the body of a 3-month-old baby was found wrapped in plastic inside a freezer in the NSW border town of Corowa.

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