27 Years of Influential 60 Minutes
Since 1968 America has been better enlightened than previously
concerning current events and happenings around the world.
factor for this occurrence is the television program 60 Minutes
on the air in September of 1968.
Many other television newsmagazines have been
produced since its creation, however none have possessed the longevity nor the
influence of 60 Minutes. Infact, 60 Minutes, which is owned by CBS News, was the
first regular network news program to cover actual stories asopposed to topics.
Today, similar newsmagazines can be seen every night of the week on various
stations, all of whichwere sparked by the inception of 60 Minutes.
All of the
tabloid television programs being shown today are also a result of 60 Minutes
and its bold, gutsy, "gotcha" style of television journalism.
changed the way that the American public receives its television news, stemming
forth a whole new format of television broadcast journalism.
60 Minutes has a vast history of stories covered, yet the format has
Don Hewett, creator and producer of 60 Minutes, has been
the subject of much criticism for his stubbornness.
Since its origin, 60
has continued to adhere to the same formula that made it such a
The hidden-camera interviews, the surprising of unsuspecting alleged
crooks with a bombardment of questions, the longevity of the featured reporters,
all of these are what made 60 Minutes
a success--finishing in the top 10
Nielson ratings for 17 consecutive seasons and counting.
Other than the fact
that it changed from black-and-white to color with the new technology, the
appearance of 60 Minutes
has remained consistent.
There is no reason to change
a thing about such a prosperous show according to Hewitt.
Not only has the
format remained constant but the reporters have as well.
Mike Wallace, and
Harry Reasoner both appeared on the first episode of 60 Minutes.
passed away in 1991, left CBS in 1970 to pursue a news anchoring position at ABC
but later returned to 60 Minutes, in 1978, until his death.
Wallace and Morley
Safer, who started in 1970, are still featured reporters as well as Ed Bradley
(who joined the team in 1981) and newcomers Lesley Stahl and Steve Kroft.
would not be the same without the weekly commentary of Andy Rooney.
Rooney started making a regular appearance in 1978 offering humorous, sometimes