Skip to comments.'60 Minutes' Chief Jeff Fager Steps Down [allegations]
Posted on 09/12/2018 11:18:48 AM PDT by Red Badger
The exec had been at CBS News for 36 years and has been a leading figure at the news division for decades.
The tenure of Jeff Fager as the executive producer of 60 Minutes is over.
"Jeff Fager is leaving the company effective immediately," read a statement from CBS News president David Rhodes on Wednesday. "Bill Owens will manage the 60 Minutes team as Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews and I begin the search for a new executive producer of the program. 60 Minutes is the most significant news broadcast on television."
Rhodes added: "We are fortunate to have incredibly talented journalists in place whom we know will continue to deliver our defining investigative work. This action today is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports, which continue to be investigated independently. However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level. Joe Ianniello is in full support of this decision and the transition to come."
A CBS News spokesperson declined to identify the company policy Fager violated, but Fager shed light on it in a statement of his own: The companys decision had nothing to do with the false allegations printed in The New Yorker. Instead, they terminated my contract early because I sent a text message to one of our own CBS reporters demanding that she be fair in covering the story. My language was harsh and, despite the fact that journalists receive harsh demands for fairness all the time, CBS did not like it. One such note should not result in termination after 36 years, but it did.
Fager's departure arrives days after a New Yorker story by Ronan Farrow included a new claim of misconduct leveled at the exec. "Sarah Johansen, a producer who was an intern at CBS in the late aughts, said that he groped her at a work party," Farrow reported in the Sept. 9 story.
Fager, 63, has been at CBS News for 36 years and has been a leading figure at the news division for decades. He joined the network in 1982 after a short stint at WBZ, the CBS station in Boston. He was the executive producer of the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather for a few years in the mid-1990s. But his most significant contribution has been to 60 Minutes. He is only the second executive producer of the broadcast, taking over from creator Don Hewitt in 2004.
Fager had significant support at the broadcast, where much of the leadership team under him are women. Many believed that what he's accused of pales in comparison to the allegations against ousted CEO Leslie Moonves and the newsmen who have been caught up in the #MeToo movement, including Rose, whom Fager hired for multiple roles. And while 60 Minutes has long been known as a challenging and highly competitive environment, the culture there, and within the industry overall, has evolved.
The program has hundreds of awards; this year it received 24 of the news divisions 31 Emmy nominations. It is averaging more than 11 million viewers this season more than double the viewership of competing TV newsmagazines and is regularly in TVs top ten most watched programs. Under Fagers stewardship, the broadcast launched its successful, single sponsored digital extension, 60 MinutesOvertime.com. And he lured Oprah Winfrey to 60 Minutes as a part time correspondent in 2017, at the start of the broadcasts 50th season.
Fager was named chairman of CBS News in 2011, and charged with revitalizing the news division, which had a rocky transition on the Evening News between Dan Rather and Katie Couric (with Bob Schieffer as interim anchor). He launched CBS This Morning in January 2012; pairing Rose and Gayle King, and later Norah ODonnell. After decades of misfires in the morning, the broadcast has given CBS its best tune-in in nearly 30 years and returned the news division to respectability during a highly lucrative daypart.
Fager's resignation comes as investigations into the allegations leveled at Leslie Moonves as well as CBS News and the overall culture at the company continue. Those probes are being handled by two separate firms: Covington & Burling and Debevoise & Plimpton.
In a July 27 The New Yorker story, Fager was accused of ignoring and enabling bad behavior by two high-ranking male producers at 60 Minutes. Anonymous former employees who spoke to the New Yorker's Ronan Farrow also accused Fager of misconduct.
Fager strenuously denied the allegations in the story: "It is wrong that our culture can be falsely defined by a few people with an ax to grind who are using an important movement as a weapon to get even, and not by the hundreds of women and men that have thrived, both personally and professionally, at 60 Minutes."
The news division has been roiled by a series of articles; the first hit last November in the Washington Post and included on-the-record accusations of misconduct from women who worked for or aspired to work for Rose at his PBS program. Within 24 hours of the articles publication, Rose was fired by CBS and his PBS program was canceled.
Though none of the allegations came from inside CBS News, a follow-up Post article last May included accounts that women took concerns about Rose to three managers at CBS News. And sources have told The Hollywood Reporter that many women took complaints about Rose to CBS News human resources, following the first article in November.
What did Dan Rather know, and when did he know it?
There must be a lot of other reasons the network wanted him out. There had to be. The #MeToo Locomotive is serving as a tidy excuse for a lot of firings nowadays. A lot of settling of old scores and generational changing of the guard is coming down.
Isn’t 60 Minutes an “Intelligence Outlet?” Maybe they thought they had ‘protection’... LOL bye bye abusers...
He knows nothing and never did..................
I don’t doubt any of the women’s stories, but I have seen some liars first hand..................
Jury may still be out.
Some of this may be nothing more than Cost Cutting Measures, thinly disguised as ‘righteous fury’. Networks often have a hard time snipping the more aged, MOST EXPENSIVE employees off the tree without provoking an age discrimination lawsuit or smear campaign.
-—He knows nothing and never did................-—
“The story is true.”
“Fake but accurate.”
Why should networks be any different than real companies?
A Company I used to work for got bought by another company and they came in and fired the entire management, some who were near retirement and had started the company decades ago...............
He’s got a show on cable interviewing old rockers.....................
Still, if a joke or hug gone wrong is called “groping” and used to end a career for a man, any man, that argument should be made in public. This #metoo stuff has gotten so out of hand that it’s ridiculous. Olivia Munn has basically destroyed the potential opening of a film she was in for her employer, Fox, so that she can get her name in the headlines as a metoo darling. Why should ANY business hire a person like that? Ever? And will she be able to file suit when these entertainment companies no longer employ her? After all, results are secondary to establishing cred and getting headlines in metoo world.
Yep. This is often the case. New management usually wants to remold the company closer to their own image of what works.
It even happens in families when a Step-Parent comes into the picture and takes control.
Men should be allowed several hugs gone wrong. Those horrible raped #metoo women! As long as the man is quiet when he climaxes he should be able to grab and grope. Its about the companys bottom line, not what he does with his bottom half.
Many DO clean house but the thing with “60 Minutes” is there is very little turnover because of Don Hewitt and what CBS ridiculously sees as their “objectivity.” Make no mistake, “60 Minutes” is one of the worst offenders when it comes to killing stories for political reasons. Watch “The Insider” and see how corrupt Chris Wallace’s swampy Dad was and, let me tell you, the apple doesn’t fall from the tree. The producers, Anderson Pooper and the all of the other people would revolt is a “ledendary” producer like this was forced out merely for cost cutting. Same thing happened to Hewitt when the world found out he killed stories for Philip Morris. Using “metoo” to get this guy out forces the liberal staff to choose between their supposed “objectivity” and their sick devotion to the metoo movement.
Except Fager is not and has not been accused of rape. He’s accused of “groping,” whatever that means in this case, at a party.
Don't think so, their "product" is a group of lying sacks of manure, maybe protected, but certainly not intelligence.
And it was proven that Mike Wallace and Hewitt hid actual news to protect “the network” from a potential Philip Morris lawsuit. 60 Minutes is corrupt no matter what their MSM friends say about them.
You are Correct.
“The exec had been at CBS News for 36 years and has been a leading figure at the news division for decades.”
The circle widens, and, as noted, it probably has little to do with #MeToo. The bigger reason is the removal of the old lions of the enemedia, who had pledged themselves to the protection of the Clinton/Obama crime conspiracy, by keeping a bias in the news, to make way for the Bernie Sanders/Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez protective coterie, defending the Democrat Socialists and Nation of Islam as a substitute, and this requires new faces and fresh initiatives to modify the bias.
The enemedia will still pedal fake news, that has not changed, but with new faces and with more fervent dedication. All the time it shall seem as if they have “cleaned house”, and therefore purged themselves of all those “old, bad” influences.
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