Teen solo circumnavigator to get a hero’s welcome

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Australian planners have put it on the scale of a New Year's Eve celebration, but solo adventurer Jessica Watson's weekend homecoming is now officially a national event with the announcement of a live television broadcast.

Network Ten has set aside two hours of programming on its free-to-air and digital channels for the 16-year-old's arrival Saturday in Sydney Harbour, enlisting some of its leading lights to officiate.

The young skipper has won a legion of fans in the wake of a series of controversies that have followed her around the world.

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