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Don Hewitt

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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 add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1922.

Countries: United States (90%), (10%)

Main connections: CBS, Edward R. Murrow, See It Now

Linked to: Rochelle High School, Associated Press, Random House, The New York Times




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Hewitt attended New York University and started his journalism career in 1942 as head copyboy for the "New York Herald Tribune" add something


After World War II ended in 1945, Hewitt returned to his job as copyboy for the "Tribune", worked for The Associated Press at a bureau in Memphis, Tennessee add something


Hewitt started at its news division, CBS News, in 1948 and served as producer-director of the network's evening-news broadcast with Douglas Edwards for fourteen years add something


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 add something


In 1956, Hewitt was the only one to capture on film the final moments of the SS Andrea Doria as it sank and disappeared under the water add something


Macy's - In May 1993, Macy's announced the planned fall 1994 launch of TV Macy's, the retailer's own home shopping channel, in conjunction with Don Hewitt, Thomas Leahy and Cablevision


Hewitt was a primary figure in the 1996 tobacco-industry scandal involving tobacco company Brown & Williamson and "60 Minutes" add something


The scandal was the inspiration for the 1999 film "The Insider": Hewitt was portrayed in the film by Philip Baker Hall add something


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" add something


On April 3, 2008, Hewitt was honored with Washington State University's Edward R. Murrow award for Lifetime Achievement in Broadcast Journalism add something


In March 2009, Hewitt was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer from which he died on August 19, 2009, at his home in Bridgehampton, New York add something


In January 2010, "60 Minutes" dedicated an entire show to the story and memory of Don Hewitt add something


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 add something