Crime show encourages viewers to bring offenders to justice
CHANNEL 10's latest programming gamble is a new live crime show.
Wanted will be broadcast live from Ten's Sydney studios and the broadcaster claims it will "work with the Australian public and police to help solve major crimes and bring offenders to justice".
Hosted by Ten News' Sandra Sully and Mike Doran, Wanted will use social media to encourage viewers to provide immediate information on current cases about everything from major assault and missing persons to sex crimes, cyber crime, scams and criminals on the run.
"The show will vary each week depending on which stories are involved," Sully told APN.
"We're hoping to empower and galvanize viewers to get involved.
"I hope it helps the viewer pause for a minute and walk in the shoes of the families of victims of crime and remind everyone of the profound effects crime really does have."
The show will also feature cold cases, dramatised reconstructions and expert insights on keeping safe."
Joining Sully and Doran to give expert commentary on the show are forensic anthropologist Dr Xanthe Mallett, investigative crime reporter Neil Mercer and highly decorated former Detective Superintendent Terry Dalton.
Crimes like the murders of Jill Meagher and pregnant Logan woman Joan Ryther have shocked the country and seen local communities come together in reaction to the violent acts.
But the unknown factor for Wanted is just how much viewers will engage with the show, either via social media or anonymous tips on Crime Stoppers.
The show's format depends on viewer involvement.
"I'm always nervous with live TV; that never stops no matter how long you've been doing it," Sully said.
"I'm very anxious about Monday night, but very hopeful. I'm pleased with how the rehearsals are going. I'm sure there will be tweaks until 8.29pm on Monday night."
Wanted debuts on Channel 10 on Monday at 8.30pm.