Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Minutes Chief Jeff Fager Out at CBS

Minutes Chief Jeff Fager Out at CBS

Jeff Fager, the veteran executive producer of "60 Minutes", was sacked on Wednesday amid accusations of inappropriate conduct at the acclaimed newsmagazine.

Jeff Fager sent a text message to CBS reporter Jericka Duncan, warning her about the coverage of the sexual misconduct allegations against him, just three days before he was terminated.

Fager had been at CBS for more than 35 years, and was previously the chairman of CBS News.

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In a statement sent to CNN's Brian Stelter, Fager said his ouster had nothing to do with the New Yorker story.

Fager's second in command at "60 Minutes", Bill Owens, will run the show while a search is conducted for a permanent replacement, Rhodes said.

"My language was harsh and, despite the fact that journalists receive harsh demands for fairness all the time, CBS did not like it", he said. The investigations into CBS and CBS News, one of which started after allegations against Charlie Rose surfaced and another after reports on Moonves, will continue. However, Moonves wasn't the only CBS honcho named and the spotlight was placed on Fager after Moonves' exit. "One such note should not result in termination after 36 years, but it did", he said.

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At the end of Duncan's report, anchor Jeff Glor said to her, "That message was unacceptable".

Longtime producer of the popular CBS News program "60 Minutes", Jeff Fager, stepped down from his position on Wednesday, after violating "company policy", new memos show. "Be careful. There are people who lost their jobs trying to harm me and if you pass on these damaging claims without your own reporting to back them up that will become a serious problem". He was set to begin his 15th season as executive producer of "60 Minutes", which returns for its 51st season September 30.

"Since Jeff Fager publically referred to our exchange today, I want to be transparent about it", Duncan said. She also claims that Fager told her to apologize to the other producer to "mitigate conflict in the office".

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Nineteen current and former CBS employees have accused Fager of inappropriate touching and allowing harassment to occur at the network, according to The New Yorker. The latest allegation against Fager comes from Sarah Johansen, a former CBS intern, who told Farrow that the "60 Minutes" executive producer groped her at a work party. "60 Minutes" is, as Rhodes notes in his memo, "the most significant news broadcast on television", having debuted in 1968 and served as the investigative home for such television inquisitors as Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Ed Bradley and Lesley Stahl.

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