60 Minutes is an American newsmagazine television program broadcast on
CBS television network. Debuting in 1968, the program was created
by Don Hewitt, who chose to set it apart from other news programs by
using a unique style of reporter-centered investigation. In 2002, 60
Minutes was ranked #6 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All
Time and in 2013, it was ranked #24 on TV Guide's 60 Best Series of
The New York Times
The New York Times has called it "one of the most
esteemed news magazines on American television".
Season 50 debuted on September 24, 2017.
1 Broadcast history
1.1 Early years
1.2 Effects from the Prime Time Access Rule
1.2.1 Pre-emptions since 1978
1.3 Radio broadcast and Internet distribution
2.1 Reporting tone
2.2 "Point/Counterpoint" segment
Andy Rooney segment
2.4 Opening sequence
2.5 Web content
2.6 iPad content
3 Correspondents and hosts
3.1 Current correspondents and commentators
3.2 Former correspondents and hosts
4 Ratings and recognition
4.1 Nielsen ratings
4.2.1 Emmy Awards
4.2.2 Peabody Awards
4.2.3 Other awards
4.2.4 Impact on innocent victims
4.3 Longest-running primetime show
5.1 Unintended acceleration
5.3 Werner Erhard
5.4 Brown & Williamson
5.5 U.S. Customs Service
5.6 Kennewick Man
5.7 Timothy McVeigh
5.9 Killian documents controversy
5.10 "The Internet Is Infected" episode and the false hacker photo
5.11 Benghazi report
5.12 NSA report
5.13 Tesla Automaker report
6.1 30 Minutes
60 Minutes More
60 Minutes II
60 Minutes on CNBC
60 Minutes Sports
7 25th anniversary edition
8 International versions
8.3 New Zealand
8.6 Other versions
9 See also
12 Further reading
13 External links
Since 1968, the opening of
60 Minutes features a stopwatch. The
Aristo (Heuer) design first appeared in 1978. On October 29, 2006, the
background changed to red, the title text color changed to white, and
the stopwatch was shifted to the upright position. This version was
used from 1992 to 2006 (the
Eurostile font text was changed in 1998).
Panel discussion on the 30th anniversary of
60 Minutes at the
Newseum, featuring Ed Bradley, Esther Hartigainer, Don Hewitt, Josh
Howard, Steve Kroft, Mary Lieberthal, Andy Rooney, Morley Safer,
Philip Scheffler, Lesley Stahl, and Mike Wallace
The program employed a magazine format, similar to that of the
Canadian program W5, which had premiered two years earlier. It
pioneered many of the most important investigative journalism
procedures and techniques, including re-editing interviews, hidden
cameras, and "gotcha journalism" visits to the home or office of an
investigative subject. Similar programs sprang up in Australia and
Canada during the 1970s, as well as on local television news.
60 Minutes aired as a bi-weekly show hosted by Harry
Reasoner and Mike Wallace, debuting on September 24, 1968, and
alternating weeks with other
CBS News productions on Tuesday evenings
at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The first edition, described by
Reasoner in the opening as a "kind of a magazine for television,"
featured the following segments:
A look inside the headquarters suites of presidential candidates
Richard Nixon and
Hubert Humphrey during their respective parties'
national conventions that summer;
Commentary by European writers Malcolm Muggeridge, Peter von Zahn, and
Luigi Barzini, Jr. on the American electoral system;
A commentary by political columnist Art Buchwald;
An interview with then-Attorney General
Ramsey Clark about police
"A Digression," a brief, scripted piece in which two silhouetted men
(one of them Andy Rooney) discuss the presidential campaign;
An abbreviated version of an Academy Award-winning short film by Saul
Bass, Why Man Creates; and
A meditation by Wallace and Reasoner on the relation between
perception and reality. Wallace said that the show aimed to "reflect
The first "magazine-cover" chroma key was a photo of two helmeted
policemen (for the Clark interview segment). Wallace and Reasoner sat
in chairs on opposite sides of the set, which had a cream-colored
backdrop; the more famous black backdrop (which is still used as of
2017[update]) did not appear until the following year. The logo was in
Helvetica type with the word "Minutes" spelled in all lower-case
letters; the logo most associated with the show (rendered in Eurostile
type with "Minutes" spelled in uppercase) did not appear until about
1974. Further, to extend the magazine motif, the producers added a
"Vol. xx, No. xx" to the title display on the chroma key; modeled
after the volume and issue number identifications featured in print
magazines, this was used until about 1971. The trademark stopwatch,
however, did not appear on the inaugural broadcast; it would not debut
until several episodes later. Alpo dog food was the sole sponsor of
the first program.
Don Hewitt, who had been a producer of the
CBS Evening News with
Walter Cronkite, sought out Wallace as a stylistic contrast to
Reasoner. According to one historian of the show, the idea of the
format was to make the hosts the reporters, to always feature stories
that were of national importance but focused upon individuals involved
with, or in conflict with, those issues, and to limit the reports'
airtime to around 13 minutes. However, the initial season was
troubled by lack of network confidence, as the program did not garner
ratings much higher than that of other
CBS News documentaries. As a
rule, during that era, news programming during prime time lost money;
networks mainly scheduled public affairs programs in prime time in
order to bolster the prestige of their news departments, and thus
boost ratings for the regular evening newscasts, which were seen by
far more people than documentaries and the like.
60 Minutes struggled
under that stigma during its first three years.
60 Minutes came fairly early in the program's history. When
CBS to co-anchor ABC's evening newscast (he would return
60 Minutes in 1978),
Morley Safer joined the team in 1970,
and he took over Reasoner's duties of reporting less aggressive
stories. However, when
Richard Nixon began targeting press access and
reporting, even Safer, formerly the
CBS News bureau chief in Saigon
and London, began to do "hard" investigative reports, and during the
1970–71 season alone
60 Minutes reported on cluster bombs, the South
Vietnamese Army, draft dodgers, Nigeria, the Middle East, and Northern
Effects from the Prime Time Access Rule
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen.
Norton A. Schwartz
Norton A. Schwartz in an interview with
Lara Logan, April 15, 2009.
By 1971, the
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) introduced the
Prime Time Access Rule, which freed local network affiliates in the
top 50 markets (in practice, the entire network) to take a half-hour
of prime time from the networks on Mondays through Saturdays and one
full hour on Sundays. Because nearly all affiliates found production
costs for the FCC's intended goal of increased public affairs
programming very high and the ratings (and by association, advertising
revenues) low, making it mostly unprofitable, the FCC created an
exception for network-authored news and public affairs shows. After a
six-month hiatus in late 1971,
CBS found a prime place for 60 Minutes
in a portion of that displaced time, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. (Eastern;
5:00 to 6:00 Central Time) on Sundays, in January 1972.
This proved somewhat less than satisfactory, however, because in order
to accommodate CBS' telecasts of late afternoon National Football
League (NFL) football games,
60 Minutes went on hiatus during the fall
from 1972 to 1975 (and the summer of 1972). This took place because
football telecasts were protected contractually from interruptions in
the wake of the infamous "Heidi Bowl" incident on
NBC in November
1968. Despite the irregular scheduling, the program's hard-hitting
reports attracted a steadily growing audience, particularly during the
waning days of the
Vietnam War and the gripping events of the
Watergate scandal; at that time, few if any other major network news
shows did in-depth investigative reporting to the degree carried out
by 60 Minutes. Eventually, during the summers of 1973 through 1975,
CBS did allow the program back onto the prime time schedule proper, on
Fridays in 1973 and Sundays the two years thereafter, as a replacement
for programs aired during the regular television season.
It was only when the FCC returned an hour to the networks on Sundays
(for news or family programming), which had been taken away from them
four years earlier, in a 1975 amendment to the Access Rule, that CBS
finally found a viable permanent timeslot for 60 Minutes. When a
family-oriented drama, Three for the Road, ended after a 12-week run
in the fall, the newsmagazine took its place at 7:00 p.m. Eastern
Time (6:00 Central) on December 7. It has aired at that time since,
for 42 years as of 2017[update], making
60 Minutes not only the
longest-running prime time program currently in production, but also
the television program (excluding daily programs such as evening
newscasts or morning news-talk shows) broadcasting for the longest
length of time at a single time period each week in U.S. television
This move, and the addition of then-White House correspondent Dan
Rather to the reporting team, made the program into a strong ratings
hit and, eventually, a general cultural phenomenon. This was no less
than a stunning reversal of the historically poor ratings performances
of documentary programs on network television. By 1976, 60 Minutes
became the top-rated program on Sunday nights in the U.S. By 1979, it
had achieved the #1 spot among all television programs in the Nielsen
ratings, unheard of before for a news broadcast in prime time. This
success translated into great profits for CBS; advertising rates went
from $17,000 per 30-second spot in 1975 to $175,000 in 1982.
The program sometimes does not start until after 7:00 p.m.
Eastern, due largely to CBS' live broadcast of NFL games. At the
conclusion of an NFL game,
60 Minutes will air in its entirety.
However, on the West Coast (and all of the Mountain Time Zone),
because the actual end of the live games is much earlier in the
afternoon in comparison to the Eastern and Central time zones, 60
Minutes is always able to start at its normal start time of
7:00 p.m. Pacific Time, leaving affiliates free to broadcast
local news, the
CBS Evening News, and other local or syndicated
programming leading up to 60 Minutes. The program's success has also
CBS Sports to schedule events (such as the final round of the
Masters Tournament and the second round and regional final games of
the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament) leading into
60 Minutes and the
rest of the network's primetime lineup, thus (again, except on the
West Coast) pre-empting the Sunday editions of the
CBS Evening News
and affiliates' local newscasts.
Starting in the 2012-13 season, in order to accompany a new NFL rule
that the second game of an NFL doubleheader start at 4:25pm, CBS
officially changed the start time of
60 Minutes to 7:30 p.m.
Eastern time on Sundays in Eastern and
Central Time Zone
Central Time Zone markets when
there is an NFL doubleheader scheduled to air (there are nine
doubleheaders during the NFL season – eight during the first 16
weeks of the season, and the final week) to protect against overruns.
The start time remains at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time in markets where
only a single game is set to air (markets that have only a
1:00 p.m. Eastern time game on single game weeks, and in markets
where a home team's NFL game is on Fox at 4:05 p.m., meaning CBS
cannot air a doubleheader because of restrictions imposed by the
Pre-emptions since 1978
The program has rarely been pre-empted since 1978. Two notable
pre-emptions occurred in 1976 and 1977, to make room for the annual
telecast of The Wizard of Oz, which had recently returned to
having been shown on
NBC for eight years. However,
CBS would, in later
years, schedule the film so that it would no longer pre-empt 60
Minutes. Another exception is on years when
CBS airs the
Super Bowl or
since 2003, alternating, odd-numbered years where the AFC Championship
Game has the 6:30 p.m. Eastern start time, which is played into
prime-time and followed by a special lead-out program.[citation
On September 22, 2013,
CBS chose to pre-empt
60 Minutes as a result of
65th Primetime Emmy Awards
65th Primetime Emmy Awards after an NFL doubleheader.
Radio broadcast and Internet distribution
60 Minutes is also simulcast on several former
CBS Radio flagship
stations now owned by
Entercom (such as KYW in Philadelphia, W
New York City, KNX in Los Angeles, WBBM in Chicago, WWJ in
CBS in San Francisco) when it airs locally on their sister CBS
Television Network affiliate; even in the Central and Eastern time
zones, the show is aired at the top of the hour at 7 p.m./6 p.m
Central (barring local sports play-by-play pre-emptions and breaking
news coverage) no matter how long the show is delayed on CBS
Television, resulting in radio listeners often hearing the show on
those stations ahead of the television broadcast. An audio version of
each broadcast without advertising began to be distributed via podcast
and the iTunes Store, starting with the September 23, 2007
broadcast. Video from
60 Minutes (including full episodes) is also
made available for streaming several hours after the program's initial
broadcast on CBSNews.com and
CBS All Access.
60 Minutes consists of three long-form news stories, without
superimposed graphics. There is a commercial break between two
stories. Each story is introduced from a set with a backdrop
resembling pages from a magazine story on the same topic. The program
undertakes its own investigations and follows up on investigations
instigated by national newspapers and other sources. Unlike its most
famous competitor 20/20 as well as traditional local and national news
60 Minutes journalists never share the screen with (or
speak to) other
60 Minutes journalists on camera at any time. This
creates a strong psychological sense of intimacy between the
journalist and the television viewer.
60 Minutes blends the probing journalism of the seminal 1950s CBS
See It Now with
Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow (a show for which Hewitt
served as the director for its first few years) and the personality
profiles of another Murrow program, Person to Person. In Hewitt's own
60 Minutes blends "higher Murrow" and "lower Murrow".
For most of the 1970s, the program included Point/Counterpoint, in
which a liberal and a conservative commentator debated a particular
issue. This segment originally featured James J. Kilpatrick
representing the conservative side and Nicholas von Hoffman for
the liberal, with Shana Alexander taking over for von Hoffman
after he departed in 1974. The segment was an innovation that
caught the public imagination as a live version of competing
editorials. In 1979, Alexander asked Hewitt to raise the pay of $350 a
week, Hewitt declined, and the segment ended.
Point/Counterpoint was also lampooned by the
NBC comedy series
Saturday Night Live, which featured
Jane Curtin and
Dan Aykroyd as
debaters, with Aykroyd announcing the topic, Curtin making an opening
statement, then Aykroyd typically retorting with, "Jane, you ignorant
slut" and Curtin with "Dan, you pompous
ass". In the 1980 film Airplane!, in
which the faux Kilpatrick argues in favor of the plane crashing; and
in the earlier sketch comedy film, The Kentucky Fried Movie, where the
segment was called "Count/Pointercount".
A similar concept was revived briefly in March 2003, this time
Bob Dole and Bill Clinton, former opponents in the 1996
presidential election. The pair agreed to do ten segments, called
"Clinton/Dole" and "Dole/Clinton" in alternating weeks, but did not
continue into the 2003–04 fall television season. Reports indicated
that the segments were considered too gentlemanly, in the style of the
earlier "Point/Counterpoint", and lacked the feistiness of
Andy Rooney segment
From 1978 to 2011, the program usually ended with a (usually
light-hearted and humorous) commentary by
Andy Rooney expounding on
topics of wildly varying import, ranging from international politics,
to economics, and to personal philosophy on everyday life. One
recurring topic was measuring the amount of coffee in coffee cans.
Rooney's pieces, particularly one in which he referred to actor Mel
Gibson as a "wacko", on occasion led to complaints from viewers. In
1990, Rooney was suspended without pay for three months by then-CBS
News President David Burke, because of the negative publicity around
his saying that "too much alcohol, too much food, drugs, homosexual
unions, cigarettes [are] all known to lead to premature death." He
wrote an explanatory letter to a gay organization after being ordered
not to do so. After only four weeks without Rooney,
60 Minutes lost
20% of its audience.
CBS management then decided that it was in the
best interest of the network to have Rooney return immediately.
Rooney published several books documenting his contributions to the
program, including Years Of Minutes and A Few Minutes With Andy
Rooney. Rooney retired from 60 Minutes, delivering his final
commentary on October 2, 2011; it was his 1,097th commentary over his
34-year career on the program. He died one month later, on November 4,
2011. The November 13, 2011, edition of
60 Minutes featured an
hour-long tribute to Rooney and his career, and included a rebroadcast
of his final commentary segment.
The opening sequence features a
60 Minutes "magazine cover" with the
show's trademark, an Aristo stopwatch, intercut with preview clips of
the episode's stories. The sequence ends with each of the current
correspondents and hosts introducing themselves. The last host who
appears (currently Bill Whitaker) then says, "Those stories tonight on
60 Minutes". When Rooney was a prominent fixture, the final line was
"Those stories and Andy Rooney, tonight on 60 Minutes". Before that,
and whenever Rooney did not appear, the final line was "Those stories
and more, tonight on 60 Minutes".
60 Minutes was the first, and remains the only, regularly scheduled
program in the U.S. to never have used theme music.
The only "theme" is the ticking of the stopwatch, which counts off
each of the broadcast's titular 60 minutes, starting from zero at the
beginning of each show. It is seen during the opening title sequence,
before each commercial break, and at the tail-end of the closing
credits, and each time it appears it displays (within reasonable
accuracy) the elapsed time of the episode to that point.
On October 29, 2006, the opening sequence changed from a black
background, which had been used for over a decade, to white. Also, the
gray background for the Aristo stopwatch in the "cover" changed to
red, the color for the title text changed to white, and the stopwatch
itself changed from the diagonal position it had been oriented in for
31 years to an upright position.
Videos and transcripts of
60 Minutes editions, as well as clips that
were not included in the broadcast are available on the program's
website. In September 2010, the program launched a website called "60
Minutes Overtime", in which stories broadcast on-air are discussed in
CBS Interactive released a mobile app in 2013, "
60 Minutes for iPad",
which allows users to watch
60 Minutes on iPad devices and access some
of the show's archival footage.
Correspondents and hosts
Current correspondents and commentators
Steve Kroft (host, 1989–present, co-editor)
Lesley Stahl (host, 1991–present, co-editor)
Scott Pelley (host, 2003–present)
Lara Logan (part-time correspondent, 2005–12; host,
Bill Whitaker (host, 2014–present)
Current part-time correspondents
Anderson Cooper (2006–present)
Norah O'Donnell (2015–present)
Sharyn Alfonsi (2015–present)
Oprah Winfrey (2017–present)
Former correspondents and hosts
Harry Reasoner † (host, 1968–70 and 1978–91)
Mike Wallace † (host, 1968–2006; correspondent emeritus 2006–08)
Morley Safer † (part-time correspondent, 1968–70; host,
Dan Rather (part-time correspondent, 1968–75; host, 1975–81 and
Ed Bradley † (part-time correspondent, 1976–81; host,
Diane Sawyer (part-time correspondent, 1981–84; host, 1984–89)
Meredith Vieira (part-time correspondent, 1982–85 and 1991–93;
Bob Simon † (1996–2015)
Christiane Amanpour (part-time correspondent, 1996–2000; host,
Former part-time correspondents
Walter Cronkite † (1968–81)
Charles Kuralt † (1968–79)
Roger Mudd (1968–80)
Bill Plante (1968–95)
Eric Sevareid † (1968–69)
John Hart (1969–75)
Bob Schieffer (1973–96)
Morton Dean (1975–79)
Marlene Sanders (1978–87)
Charles Osgood (1981–94)
Forrest Sawyer (1985–87)
Connie Chung (1990–93)
Paula Zahn (1990–99)
John Roberts (1992–2005)
Russ Mitchell (1995–98)
Carol Marin (1997–2002)
Bryant Gumbel (1998–2002)
Katie Couric (2006–11)
Byron Pitts (2009–13)
Alison Stewart (2012)
Sanjay Gupta (2011–14)
Charlie Rose (2008–17)
60 Minutes have included:
James J. Kilpatrick † (conservative debater, 1971–79)
Nicholas von Hoffman † (liberal debater, 1971–74)
Shana Alexander † (liberal debater, 1975–79)
Andy Rooney † (commentator, 1978–2011)
Stanley Crouch (commentator, 1996)
Molly Ivins † (liberal commentator, 1996)
P. J. O'Rourke
P. J. O'Rourke (conservative commentator, 1996)
Bill Clinton (liberal debater, 2003)
Bob Dole (conservative debater, 2003)
† = Deceased
Ratings and recognition
Tuesday at 10:00-11:00 PM
Sunday at 6:00-7:00 PM
Sunday at 6:00-7:00 PM (January - June 1973)
Friday at 8:00-9:00 PM (June - September 1973)
Sunday at 6:00-7:00 PM (January - June 1974)
Sunday at 9:30-10:30 PM (July - September 1974)
Sunday at 6:00-7:00 PM (September 1974 - June 1975)
Sunday at 9:30-10:30 PM (July - September 1975)
Sunday at 7:00-8:00 PM
Sunday at 7:00-8:00 PM OR
7:30-8:30 PM (if
CBS has 4:25 PM NFL game)
^ Tied with Hawaii Five-O
^ Tied with
Charlie's Angels and All in the Family
^ Tied with Law & Order:
Special Victims Unit
^ Tied with Deal or No Deal — Wednesday
^ Tied with Shark
^ Tied with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
^ Tied with Criminal Minds
^ Tied with
Grey's Anatomy and Hawaii Five-0
Based on ratings,
60 Minutes is the most successful program in U.S.
television history, since it was moved into its present timeslot in
1975. For five of its seasons it has been that year's top program, a
feat matched by the sitcoms
All in the Family
All in the Family and The Cosby Show, and
surpassed only by the reality competition series American Idol, which
had been the #1 show for eight consecutive seasons from the 2003–04
television season up to the 2010–11 season.
60 Minutes was a top ten
show for 23 seasons in a row (1977–2000), an unsurpassed record.
60 Minutes first broke into the Nielsen Top 20 during the 1976–77
season. The following season, it was the fourth-most-watched program,
and by 1979–80, it was the number one show. During the 21st
century, it remains among the top 20 programs in the Nielsen ratings,
and the highest-rated news magazine.
The November 16, 2008, edition, featuring an interview with
President-Elect Barack Obama, earned a total viewership of 25.1
The October 6, 2013, edition (which was delayed by 44 minutes that
evening due to a Denver Broncos-
Dallas Cowboys NFL game) drew 17.94
million viewers; retaining 63% of the 28.32 million viewers of its
lead-in, and making it the most watched
60 Minutes broadcast since
December 16, 2012.
The December 1, 2013, edition (delayed 50 minutes due to a
Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs game) was watched by 18.09 million viewers,
retaining 66% of its NFL lead-in (which earned 28.11 million viewers
during the 7:00 p.m. hour).
The March 25, 2018, edition featuring
Stormy Daniels giving details on
her alleged affair with President
Donald Trump drew 22.1 million
viewers, the most since the aforementioned Obama interview in 2008.
The broadcast was delayed due to the NCAA men's basketball regional
CBS between Kansas and Duke going to overtime.
As of June 26, 2017,
60 Minutes had won a total of 138 Emmy Awards, a
record unsurpassed by any other primetime program on U.S.
Henry Schuster at the 68th Annual
Peabody Awards for 60
The program has won 20
Peabody Awards for segments including "All in
the Family", an investigation into abuses by government and military
contractors; "The CIA's Cocaine", which uncovered CIA involvement in
drug smuggling; "Friendly Fire", a report on incidents of friendly
fire in the Gulf War; "The Duke Rape Case", an investigation into
accusations of rape at an off campus lacrosse team party in 2006; and
"The Killings in Haditha", an investigation into the killing of Iraqi
civilians by U.S. Marines.
The show received an Investigative Reporter and Editor medal for their
segment "The Osprey", documenting a Marine cover-up of deadly flaws in
V-22 Osprey aircraft.
Impact on innocent victims
In 1983, a report by Morley Safer, "Lenell Geter's in Jail", helped
exonerate a Texas man who was wrongly convicted and imprisoned for
Longest-running primetime show
60 Minutes currently holds the record for the longest continuously
running program of any genre scheduled during American network prime
time; it has aired at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Sundays since
December 7, 1975 (although since 2012, it is officially scheduled for
7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Sundays where a
CBS affiliate has a
late NFL game).
Meet the Press
Meet the Press has also aired in prime time.
Debuting in 1947, it has been a daytime program since 1965. The Walt
Disney anthology television series, which premiered in 1954, and the
Hallmark Hall of Fame, which has aired since 1951, have aired longer
than 60 Minutes, but none of them has aired in prime time continually,
60 Minutes has done.
The show has been praised for landmark journalism and received many
awards. However, it has also become embroiled in some controversy,
including (in order of appearance):
On November 23, 1986,
60 Minutes aired a segment greenlit by Hewitt,
Audi 5000 automobile, a popular German luxury car. The
story covered a supposed problem of "unintended acceleration" when the
brake pedal was pushed, with emotional interviews with six people who
Audi (unsuccessfully) after they crashed their cars, including
one woman whose 6-year-old boy had been killed. In the 60 Minutes
segment footage was shown of an
Audi 5000 with the accelerator "moving
down on its own", accelerating the car. It later emerged that an
expert witness employed by one of the plaintiffs modified the
accelerator with a concealed device, causing the "unintended
acceleration". Independent investigators concluded that this
"unintended acceleration" was most likely due to driver error, where
the driver let their foot slip off the brake and onto the accelerator.
Audi and independent journalists showed that even with the
throttle wide open, the car would simply stall if the brakes were
actually being used.
The incident devastated
Audi sales in the United States, which did not
rebound for 15 years. The initial incidents which prompted the report
were found by the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and
Transport Canada to have been attributable to operator error, where
car owners had depressed the accelerator pedal instead of the brake
CBS issued a partial retraction, without acknowledging the test
results of involved government agencies. Years later, Dateline
NBC, a rival to 60 Minutes, was found guilty of similar tactics
regarding the fuel tank integrity of General Motors pickup trucks.
In February 1989,
60 Minutes aired a report by the Natural Resources
Defense Council claiming that the use of daminozide (Alar) on apples
presented an unacceptably high health risk to consumers.
CBS was sued unsuccessfully by apple growers. Alar was
subsequently banned for use on food crops in the U.S. by the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
On March 3, 1991,
60 Minutes broadcast "Werner Erhard," which dealt
with controversies involving Erhard's personal and business life. One
year after the
60 Minutes piece aired, Erhard filed a lawsuit against
CBS, claiming that the broadcast contained several "false, misleading
and defamatory" statements about himself. One month after filing the
lawsuit, Erhard filed for dismissal. Erhard later told Larry King
in an interview that he dropped the suit after receiving legal advice
telling him that in order to win it, he had to prove not only that CBS
knew the allegations were false but also that
CBS acted with
malice. Because of factual inaccuracies, the segment was later
CBS from its archives, with a disclaimer: "This segment has
been deleted at the request of
CBS News for legal or copyright
Brown & Williamson
In 1995, former Brown & Williamson Vice President for Research and
Jeffrey Wigand provided information to
60 Minutes producer
Lowell Bergman that B&W had systematically hidden the health risks
of their cigarettes (see transcription). Furthermore, it was alleged
that B&W had introduced foreign agents (such as fiberglass and
ammonia) with the intent of enhancing the effect of nicotine. Bergman
began to produce a piece based upon the information, but ran into
Don Hewitt who, along with
CBS lawyers, feared a
billion dollar lawsuit from Brown and Williamson for tortious
interference for encouraging Wigand to violate his non-disclosure
agreement. A number of people at
CBS would benefit from a sale of CBS
to Westinghouse Electric Corporation, including the head of CBS
CBS News. Also, because of the interview, the son of CBS
Laurence Tisch (who also controlled Lorillard Tobacco) was
among the people from the big tobacco companies at risk of being
caught having committed perjury. Due to Hewitt's hesitation, The Wall
Street Journal instead broke Wigand's story. The
60 Minutes piece was
eventually aired with substantially altered content and minus some of
the most damning evidence against B&W. The exposé of the incident
was published in an article in Vanity Fair by Marie Brenner, entitled
"The Man Who Knew Too Much".
The New York Times
The New York Times wrote that "the traditions of
Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow and
"60 Minutes" itself were diluted in the process," though the
newspaper revised the quote slightly, suggesting that
60 Minutes and
CBS had "betrayed the legacy of Edward R. Murrow". The incident was
turned into a seven-times Oscar-nominated feature film entitled The
Insider, directed by Michael Mann and starring
Russell Crowe as
Al Pacino as Bergman, and
Christopher Plummer as Mike Wallace.
Wallace denounced the portrayal of him as inaccurate to his stance on
U.S. Customs Service
60 Minutes alleged in 1997 that agents of the U.S. Customs Service
ignored drug trafficking across the
Mexico–United States border
Mexico–United States border at
San Diego. The only evidence was a memorandum apparently written
by Rudy Camacho, who was the head of the
San Diego branch office.
Based on this memo,
CBS alleged that Camacho had allowed trucks
belonging to a particular firm to cross the border unimpeded. Mike
Horner, a former Customs Service employee, had passed the memos on to
60 Minutes, and even provided a copy with an official stamp. Camacho
was not consulted about the piece, and his career was devastated in
the immediate term as his own department placed suspicion on him. In
the end, it turned out that Horner had forged the documents as an act
of revenge for his treatment within the Customs Service. Camacho sued
CBS and settled for an undisclosed amount of money in damages. Hewitt
was forced to issue an on-air retraction.
A legal battle between archaeologists and the Umatilla tribe over the
remains of a skeleton, nicknamed Kennewick Man, was reported by 60
Minutes on October 25, 1998, to which the Umatilla tribe reacted
negatively. The tribe considered the segment heavily biased in favor
of the scientists, cutting out important arguments, such as
explanations of Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation
Act. The report focused heavily on the racial politics of the
controversy and also added inflammatory arguments, such as questioning
the legitimacy of Native American sovereignty – much of the
racial focus of the segment was later reported to have been either
unfounded and/or misinterpreted.
On March 12, 2000,
60 Minutes aired an interview with Oklahoma City
bomber Timothy McVeigh. At the time, McVeigh had already been
convicted and sentenced to death for the April 1995 bombing of the
Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building
Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and subsequent deaths of 168 people.
On the program, McVeigh was given the opportunity to vent against the
government. Following the program, a federal policy called the
Special Confinement Unit Media Policy was enacted prohibiting
face-to-face interviews with death row inmates. A federal inmate
challenged the policy in Hammer v. Ashcroft, under which the U.S.
Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upheld the prison policy. In
March 2010, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal
in the case, and the policy limiting media access to death row inmates
remains in place.
CBS refuses to show the entire interview, and has
stated no reasons.
In recent years, the program has been accused of promoting books,
films, and interviews with celebrities who are published or promoted
by sister businesses of media conglomerate Viacom (which owned CBS
from 2000 to 2005, and is now owned by National Amusements, which is
also the parent of CBS) and publisher Simon & Schuster (which
remains a part of
CBS Corporation after the 2005 CBS/Viacom split),
without disclosing the journalistic conflict-of-interest to
Killian documents controversy
Main article: Killian documents controversy
Killian documents controversy
Killian documents controversy (also referred to as Memogate or
Rathergate) involved six documents critical of
President George W. Bush's service in the
Texas Air National Guard
Texas Air National Guard in
1972–73. Four of these documents were presented as authentic in a 60
Minutes Wednesday broadcast aired by
CBS on September 8, 2004, less
than two months before the 2004 Presidential Election, but it was
later found that
CBS had failed to authenticate the documents.
Subsequently, several typewriter and typography experts concluded the
documents are forgeries, as have some media sources. No forensic
document examiners or typography experts authenticated the documents,
which may not be possible without original documents. The provider of
the documents, Lt. Col. Bill Burkett, claimed to have burned the
originals after faxing copies to CBS. The whole
incident was turned into a feature-length film entitled Truth.
"The Internet Is Infected" episode and the false hacker photo
A segment aired on the March 29, 2009, edition of 60 Minutes, "The
Internet Is Infected", featured an interview with Don Jackson, a data
protection professional for SecureWorks. Jackson himself declares in
the program that: "A part of my job is to know the enemy". However,
during the interview, Jackson showed a photo of Finnish upper-level
comprehensive school pupils and misidentified them as Russian
hackers. In the photo, one of the children is wearing a jacket
with the Coat of Arms of Finland on it. Another one is wearing a cap
which clearly has the logo of Karjala, a Finnish brand of beer, on it.
The principal of the school in
Taivalkoski confirmed that the photo
was taken at the school about five years before the program was
The photo's exact origins are unknown, but it is widely known in
Finland, having been originally posted to a Finnish social networking
site, IRC-Galleria, in the early 2000s. It spread all over Finnish
internet communities, and even originated a couple of patriotically
titled (but intentionally misspelled) mock sites. 60 Minutes
later issued a correction and on-air apology.[when?]
Subsequent to the 2012 Benghazi attack,
60 Minutes aired report by
Lara Logan on October 27, 2013, in which British
military contractor, Dylan Davies, identified by
CBS under the
pseudonym "Morgan Jones," described racing to the Benghazi compound
several hours after the main assault was over, scaling a 12-foot wall
and knocking out a lone fighter with the butt of a rifle. He also
claimed to have visited a Benghazi hospital earlier that night where
he saw Ambassador Christopher Stevens' body.
In the days following the report, Davies' personal actions were
challenged. The FBI, which had interviewed Davies several times
and considered him a credible source, said the account Davies had
given them was different than what he told 60 Minutes. Davies stood by
his story, but the inconsistency ultimately prompted
60 Minutes to
conclude it was a mistake to include Davies in their report and a
correction was issued.
Following the correction, a journalistic review was conducted by Al
CBS News' executive director of standards and practices. He
determined that red flags about Davies' account were missed.
Davies had said to the program and written in his book that he told an
alternative version of his actions to his employer, who he said had
demanded that he stay inside his Benghazi villa as the attack
unfolded. That alternative version was shared with US authorities and
60 Minutes was unable to prove the story Davies had told them was
Davies' book, The Embassy House, was published two days after the 60
Minutes report, by Threshold Editions, part of the Simon and Schuster
unit of CBS. It was pulled from shelves once
60 Minutes issued its
On November 26, 2013,
Lara Logan was forced to take a leave of absence
due to the errors in the Benghazi report.
On December 15, 2013,
60 Minutes aired a report on the National
Security Agency (NSA) that was widely criticized as false and
a "puff piece." The story was reported by John Miller, who
once worked in the office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Tesla Automaker report
On March 30, 2014,
60 Minutes presented a story on the Tesla Model S
luxury electric automobile in a segment, with
Scott Pelley conducting
an interview with CEO
Elon Musk concerning the car brand as well as
SpaceX company. Within a day, the automotive blog site Jalopnik
reported that the sounds accompanying footage of the car shown during
the story were actually sounds from a traditional gasoline engine
dubbed over the footage, when in reality the electric car is much
CBS released a statement explaining that the sound was
the result of an audio editing error, and subsequently removed the
noise from the online version of the piece. However, several news
outlets, as well as
Jalopnik itself, have expressed doubt over the
authenticity of this explanation, noting the similar scandal involving
Tesla Motors and
The New York Times
The New York Times in 2013.
60 Minutes show has created a number of spin-offs over the
Main article: 30 Minutes (
CBS TV series)
30 Minutes was a newsmagazine aimed at children that was patterned
after 60 Minutes, airing as the final program in CBS's Saturday
morning lineup from 1978 to 1982. It was hosted by Christopher Glenn
(who also served as the voice-over for the interstitial program In the
News and was an anchor on the
CBS Radio Network), along with Betsy
Aaron (1978–80) and Betty Ann Bowser (1980–82).
60 Minutes More
60 Minutes More was a spin-off that ran for one season from 1996 to
1997. The episodes featured popular stories from the past that were
expanded with updates on the original story. Each episode featured
three of these segments.
60 Minutes II
60 Minutes II
In 1999, a second edition of
60 Minutes was started in the U.S.,
60 Minutes II. This edition was later renamed
60 Minutes by CBS
for the fall of 2004 in an effort to sell it as a high-quality
program, since some had sarcastically referred to it as 60 Minutes,
CBS News president
Andrew Heyward said, "The
Roman numeral II
created some confusion on the part of the viewers and suggested a
watered-down version". However, a widely known controversy which
came to be known as "Rathergate", regarding a report that aired
September 8, 2004, caused another name change. The program was
60 Minutes Wednesday both to differentiate itself and to
avoid tarnishing the Sunday edition, as the editions were editorially
independent from one another. It reverted to its original Roman
numeral title on July 8, 2005, when the program moved to Fridays in an
8:00 p.m. Eastern Time slot to finish its run. The show's final
broadcast was on September 2, 2005.
60 Minutes on CNBC
In 2011, C
NBC began airing a
60 Minutes spin-off of its own, called 60
Minutes on CNBC. Hosted by
Lesley Stahl and Steve Kroft, it airs
updated business-related reports seen on the original broadcasts and
offers footage that were not included when the segments first aired.
60 Minutes Sports
60 Minutes Sports
In 2013, CBS's sister premium television network Showtime premiered 60
Minutes Sports, a monthly spin-off focused on sports-related stories
and classic interviews from the show's archives. Personalities from
CBS Sports also contributed to the program. The spin-off was
considered to be a competitor to HBO's Real Sports, and was cancelled
in January 2017.
25th anniversary edition
60 Minutes 25th anniversary in 1993, Charles Kuralt
interviewed Don Hewitt, the active correspondents, some former
correspondents, and revisited notable stories and celebrities.
60 Minutes (Australian TV program)
The Australian version of
60 Minutes premiered on February 11, 1979.
It still airs each Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. on the Nine Network
and affiliates. Although
Nine Network has the rights to the format, as
of 2007, it does not have rights to stories from the U.S. program.
Nevertheless, stories from the flagship
60 Minutes program in the U.S.
often air on the Australian program by subleasing them from Network
Ten. In 1980,
60 Minutes won a
Logie Award for their investigation of
lethal abuses at the Chelmsford psychiatric hospital in
In the mid-1980s, an edited version (approx. 30 minutes in length) of
the U.S. broadcast edition of
60 Minutes was shown for a time on West
German television. This version retained the English-language
soundtrack of the original, but also featured German subtitles.
60 Minutes (New Zealand TV program)
The New Zealand version of
60 Minutes has aired on national television
since 1989, when it was originally launched on TV3. In 1992, the
rights were acquired by TVNZ, who began broadcasting it in 1993. The
network aired the program for nine years before dropping it in 2002
for its own program, entitled Sunday, which is currently the
highest-rated current affairs show broadcast on New Zealand
television, followed by 20/20.
60 Minutes was broadcast by rival
network TV3, before switching to the Sky Television owned Prime
channel in 2013, when the contract changed hands.
The original programs are shown in Portugal on
SIC Notícias with
introductory and closing remarks by journalist Mário Crespo.
The news program of National Broadcasting of Chile (TVN), the public
television network in that country, was named 60 Minutos ("60
Minutes") from 1975 to 1988, but the program had no accusations of any
kind and no investigative reporting.
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A Mexican version, which featured
Juan Ruiz Healy
Juan Ruiz Healy serving as anchor,
aired in the late 1970s and 1980s.
A Peruvian version aired in the early 1980s, called 60 Minutos.
However, in the late 1980s there was also a similarly named series,
but unrelated to the series produced by
In 2004, Brazil's
Rede Bandeirantes planned a licensed localized
version, but the plan was canceled.
Edited reruns of
60 Minutes interviews have aired on various cable
channels in the United States, including
TV Land and
60 Minutes (Thailand) was broadcast on TV 9 (from 1995 to
1997) and BBTV Channel 7 (from 2002 to 2003).
In Catalonia, 60 Minuts has been broadcast by
TV3 (Catalonia) for 27
Hour Has Seven Days, and W5 both of which pre-dates
60 Minutes by
a couple of years, are similar in journalistic style and format
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Mannix, season 4/season 5 (1971)
Columbo, season 1/season 2 (1972)
The Waltons, season 1/season 2 (1973)
Upstairs, Downstairs, season 3/season 4 (1974)
Kojak, season 2/season 3 (1975)
Rich Man, Poor Man (1976)
60 Minutes (1978)
Lou Grant, season 2/season 3 (1979)
Hill Street Blues, season 1/season 2 (1981)
Hill Street Blues, season 2/season 3 (1982)
Dynasty, season 3/season 4 (1983)
Murder, She Wrote, season 1 (1984)
Murder, She Wrote, season 1/season 2 (1985)
L.A. Law, season 1 (1986)
L.A. Law, season 1/season 2 (1987)
thirtysomething, season 1/season 2 (1988)
China Beach, season 2/season 3 (1989)
Twin Peaks, season 1/season 2 (1990)
Northern Exposure, season 2/season 3 (1991)
Northern Exposure, season 3/season 4 (1992)
NYPD Blue, season 1 (1993)
The X-Files, season 1/season 2 (1994)
Party of Five, season 1/season 2 (1995)
The X-Files, season 3/season 4 (1996)
The X-Files, season 4/season 5 (1997)
The Practice, season 2/season 3 (1998)
The Sopranos, season 1 (1999)
The West Wing, season 1/season 2 (2000)
Six Feet Under, season 1 (2001)
The Shield, season 1 (2002)
24, season 2/season 3 (2003)
Nip/Tuck, season 2 (2004)
Lost, season 1/season 2 (2005)
Grey's Anatomy, season 2/season 3 (2006)
Mad Men, season 1 (2007)
Mad Men, season 2 (2008)
Mad Men, season 3 (2009)
Boardwalk Empire, season 1 (2010)
Homeland, season 1 (2011)
Homeland, season 2 (2012)
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Mr. Robot, season 1 (2015)
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56–57: I Love Lucy
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The Beverly Hillbillies (S1, S2)
64–65, 65–66, 66–67: Bonanza
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The Andy Griffith Show (S8)
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71–72, 72–73, 73–74, 74–75, 75–76:
All in the Family
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79–80: 60 Minutes
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82–83: 60 Minutes
83–84: Dallas (S7)
85–86, 86–87, 87–88, 88–89:
The Cosby Show
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The Cosby Show
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American Idol (S5, S6,
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NBC Sunday Night Football
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Nightline / The Vanishing Family: Crisis in Black America (1986)
Eyes on the Prize
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American Experience (1997)
American Experience (1998)
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The Daily Show
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Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
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O.J.: Made in America (2017)
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Saturday Night Live (2014)
Late Show /
Late Night with David Letterman
Late Night with David Letterman (2015)
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Mary Tyler Moore Show (2016)
CBS programming (current and upcoming)
48 Hours (since 1988)
60 Minutes (since 1968)
9JKL (since 2017)
The Amazing Race (since 2001)
The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory (since 2007)
Big Brother (since 2000)
Blue Bloods (since 2010)
Bull (since 2016)
Celebrity Big Brother (since 2018)
Code Black (since 2015)
Criminal Minds (since 2005)
Elementary (since 2012)
Hawaii Five-0 (since 2010)
Hunted (since 2017)
Instinct (since 2018)
Kevin Can Wait
Kevin Can Wait (since 2016)
Life in Pieces
Life in Pieces (since 2015)
Living Biblically (since 2018)
MacGyver (since 2016)
Madam Secretary (since 2014)
Man with a Plan (since 2016)
Mom (since 2013)
NCIS (since 2003)
Los Angeles (since 2009)
NCIS: New Orleans (since 2014)
Ransom (since 2017)
Salvation (since 2017)
Scorpion (since 2014)
SEAL Team (since 2017)
Superior Donuts (since 2017)
Survivor (since 2000)
S.W.A.T. (since 2017)
Undercover Boss (since 2010)
Young Sheldon (since 2017)
The Bold and the Beautiful
The Bold and the Beautiful (since 1987)
Let's Make a Deal
Let's Make a Deal (since 2009)
The Price Is Right (since 1972)
Talk (since 2010)
The Young and the Restless
The Young and the Restless (since 1973)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (since 2015)
The Late Late Show with James Corden
The Late Late Show with James Corden (since 2015)
48 Hours (since 1988)
60 Minutes (since 1968)
CBSN: On Assignment (since 2017)
CBS Evening News (since 1948)
CBS Morning News (since 1982)
CBS News Sunday Morning (since 1979)
CBS Overnight News (since 2015)
CBS This Morning (1987–1999, since 2012)
Face the Nation
Face the Nation (since 1954)
CBS Sports Spectacular (since 1960)
NCAA Basketball/Road to the Final Four (since 1981)
NFL on CBS/
The NFL Today
The NFL Today (1956–1993, since 1998)
PGA Tour on CBS
SEC on CBS
NCAA March Madness (co-produced with Turner Sports) (since 2011)
Premier Boxing Champions
Premier Boxing Champions (since 2015)
Dr. Chris: Pet Vet (since 2013)
The Inspectors (since 2015)
Murphy Brown (2018)
Blood & Treasure (2019)
Current television and radio news magazine shows in the United States
What Would You Do?
CBSN: On Assignment
CBS News Sunday Morning
Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly
Crime Watch Daily
Aquí y Ahora
Al Rojo Vivo
First Light / The Week in Review
America in the Morning / America This Week
John Batchelor Show
All Things Considered
This American Life
Here and Now
To the Point
America's Morning News
Dan Rather Reports
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel