60 Minutes creator dies at 86

Don Hewitt, creator of CBS’s 60 Minutes and longtime producer of the show, has died of pancreatic cancer at age 86, the Associated Press reports.

The AP reported:

“Hewitt joined CBS News in television’s infancy in 1948, and produced the first televised presidential debate in 1960. He made his mark in the late 1960s when CBS agreed to try his idea of a one-hour broadcast that mixed hard news and feature stories. The television newsmagazine was born on Sept. 24, 1968, when the 60 Minutes stopwatch began ticking.”

Here’s a video featuring Hewitt and some of the journalists from 60 Minutes talking about the show.

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