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60 Minutes Creator Dies

August 19, 2009

“60 Minutes” creater Don Hewitt has died today at the age of 86. I was not aware of this but earlier this year, Hewitt was diagnosed with a small, contained tumor.

I believe that Hewitt was also a pallbearer at Walter Cronkite’s funeral just this past month. He created a great show which has stood the test of time. RIP Don Hewitt.

From CBS:

Hewitt was already a veteran CBS newsman in 1968 when he created “60 Minutes,” pioneering the TV newsmagazine format. He served as executive producer of the program until his retirement in 2004.

Hewitt has been honored with the second annual Lifetime Achievement Emmy presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In 1995, he was awarded the Founders Emmy by the International Council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

From CNN:

The winner of eight Emmy and two Peabody awards, Hewitt began working for CBS News as an associate director in 1948. He was executive producer of “60 Minutes” when it premiered on CBS on September 24, 1968.

Hewitt stepped down in June 2004, but the program remains on the air and is the No. 1 news program, according to CBS News’ Web site.

As recently as 2007, Hewitt was executive producer for the first-ever network television special coverage of the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Show on NBC.