Media reports this week have been catching up to the news that the idea for the Sally Faulkner 60 Minutes story was earlier rejected by Inside Story.
Now executive producer of Inside Story Hamish Thomson has also left Nine after 22 years, The Australian reports.
Last month TV Tonight reported the fate of Inside Story was looking grim with staff departures (all of which is unrelated to current headlines) as well as reporting Inside Story rejected the Sally Faulkner story before 60 Minutes became involved.
The Daily Telegraph has now published excerpts of emails from 60 Minutes executive producer Kirsty Thomson and former producer Stephen Rice.
They claim logistics had been planned by Inside Story for “the classic Kids Aren’t Coming Home After Holiday story.”
“Stage one surveillance is 3-5 days watching the family routine and planning the raid” they note.
Had Inside Story proceeded it could potentially have enveloped Nine power couple, host Leila McKinnon and former CEO David Gyngell. Thankfully that bullet was dodged.
This week Stephen Rice contracted lawyer John Laxon to represent him to challenge his dismissal from Nine.