ON THE 52ND SEASON PREMIERE OF “60 MINUTES” SUNDAY: THE SAUDI CROWN PRINCE TALKS ABOUT THE MURDER OF JAMAL KHASHOGGI; INSIDE THE U.S. PRESIDENTIAL IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY; AND THE RESURGENCE OF GREAT WHITE SHARKS
60 MINUTES marks its 52nd season premiere Sunday with three timely stories from domestic and foreign datelines. Norah O’Donnell’s rare interview with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman leads the broadcast followed by Scott Pelley’s look at the impeachment inquiry into the presidency of Donald Trump. The third segment is Bill Whitaker’s report on the resurgence of perhaps man’s most feared creature, the great white shark. The 52nd season premiere of 60 MINUTES will be broadcast Sunday, Sept. 29 (7:30-8:30 PM, ET/7:00-8:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network.
O’Donnell traveled to Saudi Arabia this week where she interviewed the crown prince in Jeddah. It is the crown prince’s first appearance on American television discussing the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. It is also his first interview since his kingdom’s oil facilities were bombed.
Scott Pelley has been in the nation’s capital all week observing the raging impeachment inquiry and gathering the facts and people to tell this fascinating story, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).
Bill Whitaker was on the water in New England and Nova Scotia earlier this month, where sightings of great white sharks close to beaches have created what scientists are saying is a mostly unwarranted fear. One thing is for certain: there are many more of the big fish in the ocean than before.
Just 20 years ago, great white shark sightings were so rare in the North Atlantic that they were declared “vulnerable” and given protected status by the U.S. government. Now they are seen so often - and so close to shore – that they are drawing a public outcry, particularly on Cape Cod. Bill Whitaker reports on the great white controversy for the 52nd season premiere of 60 MINUTES Sunday, Sept. 29 (7:30-8:30 PM, ET/7:00-8:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network.
It’s true there are many more great whites now say scientists who study them. Whitaker saw them not much more than 10 feet off a Cape Cod beach with Dr. Greg Skomal, chief shark scientist for the Massachusetts Department of Marine Fisheries. Nearby were the reasons for the sharks coming so close to shore: hundreds of lounging federally protected gray seals, the favorite meal of great whites. “This is the restaurant here. These sharks have found the restaurant, and they’re waiting for the doors to open,” quips Skomal.
What’s also true is that the chances of one attacking a human remain infinitesimal. Shark attacks are extremely rare, but last September, Arthur Medici was killed by a great white while swimming off a Cape Cod beach. His was the first death by shark on the cape since 1936. It still set off a chain of fear reminiscent of that caused by the number-one film of 1975, “Jaws.” It’s a fear built into humans, says Skomal. “I think that fear is primal. It’s innate…it’s in all of us.”
Chris Fischer, who founded Ocearch, an organization that monitors the oceans and tags and tracks white sharks, thinks educating the public is the key “We’ve basically got to undo everything “Jaws” did. I mean, we’ve got half the people on the eastern seaboard terrified about something that almost never happens.”
ON THE 52ND SEASON PREMIERE OF “60 MINUTES”: SAUDI ARABIA’S CROWN PRINCE MOHAMMAD BIN SALMAN SPEAKS TO NORAH O’DONNELL
Photo by Eric Kerchner for CBS News/60 MINUTES
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman spoke to CBS EVENING NEWS anchor and managing editor Norah O’Donnell in Jeddah on Tuesday. The interview will be broadcast on the 52nd season premiere of 60 MINUTES on Sunday, Sept. 29 (7:30-8:30 PM, ET/7:00-8:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network.