I received word from those involved in the preservation of records of the Apollo 11 broadcasts from tracking stations in Australia (Parkes and Honeysuckle Creek) which indicates that the story about the tapes being found is false. According to a source involved in the archiving of data in Australia:
The UK journalist was engaged in a piece of “creative writing”
More info debunking this has appeared on the Twitter account of one of the officials at the NASA office of public affairs: http://twitter.com/bnjacobs/
On a somewhat related note: There is an ongoing effort to preserve the memories, photographs, film and other information on the efforts made in Australia and elsewhere to make the reception of Apollo-11 television transmissions possible. I suggest checking out this website for volumes of fascinating information on the topic.
While it’s impossible to be absolutely sure that some other party has found the tapes, all indications from those involved at the moment are that the report was false.
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