Nine News boss Darren Wick has responded angrily to a newspaper article which speculates over the future of 60 Minutes.
The Sunday Telegraph suggested budget cuts left Nine execs considering dumping the show in favour of A Current Affair as their go-to show in public affairs.
It comes just a week after a much-praised investigation into branch-stacking in the Victorian government.
Yesterday Wick emailed news staff to brand the story as “a total fantasy.”
“Let me put this on the record with my name attached to it as a genuine and verifiable source. There has never been a discussion between executives at Nine about axing 60 Minutes. That position has never been considered by myself, the CEO nor anyone else who matters. NEVER. EVER,” he wrote.
“It’s been part of our Sunday night ritual for four decades. It’s going to be on Nine a further four decades from now.
“The people who work on 60 Minutes are an extraordinary and wonderfully loyal family who take tremendous pride in the stories they produce and broadcast every week. Everyone at Nine is proud of our colleagues, the quality of their work and their passion for journalism.
“The story claiming our future is in doubt is misleading and wrong. We’re here to stay.”