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 Minutesis 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.”
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 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.
The program has hundreds of awards; this year it received 24 of the news division’s 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 TV’s top ten most watched programs. Under Fager’s 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 broadcast’s 50th season.
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