Knowledge Identifier: +Don_Hewitt
American television news producer and executive, best known for creating 60 Minutes, the CBS television news magazine, in 1968, which at the time of his death, was the longest-running prime-time broadcast on American television
Category: Movies & TV
Born in 1922.
Countries: United States (90%), (10%)
Linked to: Rochelle High School, Associated Press, Random House, The New York Times
Hewitt attended New York University and started his journalism career in 1942 as head copyboy for the "New York Herald Tribune"
See It Now - Its first episode, on November 18, 1951, opened with the first live simultaneous coast-to-coast TV transmission from both the East Coast and the West Coast , as reporters on both sides of the North American continent gave live reports to Murrow, who was sitting in the control room on CBS' Studio 41 with director Don Hewitt
He was the first director of "See It Now," co-produced by host Edward R. Murrow and Fred W. Friendly that started in 1952; his use of "two film projectors cutting back and forth breaks up the monotony of a talking head, improves editing, and shapes future news broadcasts
Declining ratings at "60 Minutes" after decades of being in the top 10 the show had dropped in rankings to number 20 contributed to what became a public debate in 2002 about whether it was time for CBS to replace Hewitt at "60 Minutes"
On April 3, 2008, Hewitt was honored with Washington State University's Edward R. Murrow award for Lifetime Achievement in Broadcast Journalism
In March 2009, Hewitt was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer from which he died on August 19, 2009, at his home in Bridgehampton, New York
In 2018, an internal & CBS investigation found that in the 1990s Hewitt had been accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a former CBS employee over a period of years