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'60 Minutes' Chief Fager Fired From CBS After Violating Policy

13 September 2018, 04:06 | Myron Mathis

Story alleges a darker side of'60 Minutes

Story alleges a darker side of'60 Minutes

Jeff Fager has been relieved of his duties as executive producer of "60 Minutes", according to a memo issued on Wednesday afternoon by David Rhodes, the president of CBS News.

The news comes just three days after top CBS executive Les Moonves resigned with immediate effect after being accused of sexual misconduct, which he denies.

On Sunday, Duncan reached out to Fager for his response to allegations in The New Yorker that he had groped or touched CBS employees at company parties.

"My language was harsh and, despite the fact that journalists receive harsh demands for fairness all the time, CBS did not like it", Fager said in the statement to CNN.

'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'.

In November 2017, CBS News dropped Charlie Rose following a Washington Post investigation detailing allegations of unwanted sexual advances toward women.


Moonves and Fager were the subjects of a recent investigation by Ronan Farrow of The New Yorker.

He added: 'One such note should not result in termination after 36 years, but it did'.

"If you repeat these false accusations without any of your own reporting to back them up you will be held responsible for harming me", Fager responded. "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, '" Duncan said. "I really felt like this was one of the most sexist places I've ever worked". Rhodes was then brought in as news president, taking over full management of the news division when Fager went back to exclusively running "60 Minutes".

It was then noted: 'However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level'. He also introduced "CBS This Morning" in January 2012. In The New Yorker'slater report, on which Fager declined to comment, Sarah Johansen, a former intern, said Fager groped her at a work party. "Similar frustrations about perceived inaction have prompted another woman to raise a claim of misconduct against Jeff Fager".

His departure is effective immediately, the company said in a tweet.

"Despite Charlie's important journalistic contribution to our news division, there is absolutely nothing more important, in this or any organization, than ensuring a safe, professional workplace - a supportive environment where people feel they can do their best work", Rhodes said in a memo past year.



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