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2016 hasn’t been a great year for 60 Minutes largely due to the botched Lebanon kidnapping, but it could be down to something else, says Nine’s CEO Hugh Marks – it could be the time slot.

Ratings have fluctuated for the investigative program, and Mr Marks says he will help get the show back on track next year. How? By making sure it airs when it says it will air.

News Corp reports the show has had a whopping eight time slot changes this year alone, with the show starting anywhere between 7 and 9pm on a Sunday night.

“We want to bring consistency back to what is an event current affairs program,” Marks told News.com.au.

But it also comes down to logistics too. “A 7 o’clock 60 Minutes can be quite different to a 9.30pm 60 Minutes,” he said.

“If I’m a 60 Minutes executive producer and one week I’m making a show for 7 o’clock and the next week I’m on at 9.30 what is my story mix? How do I plan six months ahead for key stories to build into that?

“Enabling your program makers to know the environment they’re making a show in is a huge advantage.”

So what time will 60 Minutes really be airing next year? “There are two schools of thought,” Marks says. “I do have a view. All I’ll commit to at this stage is that consistency is important”.

As for this weekend, it airs at 7pm – maybe.

Earlier this year, Nine filmed mother Sally Faulkner’s two children being snatched by a child abduction agency from inside a car and paid them for a story.

All of those involved spent time in jail as they awaited sentencing. A small fine and slap on the wrist was given, and some were sacked, and it had many calling for more accountability on 60 Minutes’ part.

Tell us, do you think that a time slot change will bring 60 Minutes back to glory?

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  1. Meanwhile Adam Whittington is still rotting in a Lebanese jail. They have done nothing to help him. After all they were the ones who employed him to do the job. It’s a disgrace.

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    • Exactly! talk when you make your mistakes right. What kind of people are you to be talking about making the show better instead of getting that poor man out of prison, who is there because of your program, don’t apologise to me/us/public, you need to apologise to him and his family, if it wasn’t for your program he wouldn’t be in the mess he is in. Anyone, from your station gone to visit him? Are you helping his family financially? Are you sending him updates or packages? Have you paid for a family member to visit him? I think you have a long way to go if ever to get the Australian public to watch you program again. I hope this gentleman comes home soon.

  2. So true.Ita a Murdoch trashy programme.I don’t hold our press in any esteem. Gutter journalism.

  3. Playing politics with people’s minds is never good,we would like to see the real story , both sides.nd do not blow it up.we can see throu it.
    Get story’s what today’s people and Australia is effected by, the politics are standing to far away from us.there on the wrong planet,that’s you’re JOB to show them.
    What roll do we Play to stay Australia.
    Be the Best in the World .

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    • As you said consistancy no one 7.30 time slot and bring us the truth pure and simple

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