'60 Minutes' chief Fager out at CBS

14 September, 2018, 05:33 | Author: Donna Miller
  • Jeff Fager

The two-paragraph internal memo from CBS News president David Rhodes, which was seen by Reuters, said that Fager's departure "is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports, which continue to be investigated independently".

He said Mr Fager had "violated company policy", without elaborating on how.

Duncan revealed the contents of the text message on the "CBS Evening News" on Wednesday, "since Jeff Fager publicly referred to our exchange today". "So many comments, I can't say that enough about the people within this organization who sent me text message, e-mails, viewers, people on Twitter, so I'm extremely grateful for that". He acknowledged that his language in the text was "harsh", but said that "although journalists received harsh demands for fairness all the time, CBS didn't like it".

Just one day after Designing Women creator Linda Bloodworth Thomason penned an emotional personal essay about recently ousted CBS boss Leslie Moonves keeping her shows off the air for seven years, a sequel to the successful sitcom is one step closer to becoming a reality. Fager said it was because of a text message he sent to a CBS News reporter who was covering the story about him.

'The company's decision had nothing to do with the false allegations printed in The New Yorker, ' said Fager.

The directors then began planning his exit - but reportedly still planned on giving him a $90 million exit package, until the New Yorker published a second story Sunday with six more accusers who also slammed the possibility of a golden parachute. Would the company have cashiered Fager for that mere offense, absent the underlying claims? Fager, who was named in reports about tolerating an abusive workplace at CBS, stepped down today.

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Jeff Fager at the "60 Minutes" offices in NY on September 12, 2017.

Discussing yesterday's firing of 60 Minutes exec producer Jeff Fager, the co-hosts did not mention Chen's husband, former CBS CEO Les Moonves, by name, but generally applauded the move to "clean house" at the network, as the show's Sharon Osbourne put it. And since the report from the New Yorker, Fager has said there was no legitimacy to the accusations.

His second-in-command, Bill Owens, has been put in charge temporarily.

Fager, a former CBS News chairman, has also been accused of dissuading employees from reporting incidents to human resources. He returned as full-time executive producer at "60 Minutes" in 2015, and this fall would have marked his 15th as chief of the news magazine program.

The 36-year CBS veteran has been at the center of allegations that CBS's news division fostered a culture of harassment.

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