’60 Minutes’ Creator Don Hewitt Passes Away Of Cancer at 86

August 19, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – Don Hewitt, creator of ’60 Minutes’, has passed away from pancreatic cancer.

The 86-year-old was famous for producing the 1960 debate between JFK and Nixon, which was seen as one of the factors in Kennedy winning the presidential election.

But what Hewitt was best known for was the creation of news and entertainment show ’60 Minutes’. The introduction of that program was the first step in creating a profitable market for news media, which has changed the way news is reported, and how it functions.

“We never made money before ’60 Minutes,'” Marvin Kalb, former CBS and NBC reporter, and founder of Harvard’s Shorenstein Center told The Washington Post.

“That had probably, with the exception of the introduction of the Internet, the most profound impact on television news. It meant that everybody else had to make money, and in the quest for profit, standards began to fall. Then add the Internet and you can see the powerful impact the combination of new technology and news profitability had upon the quality of the product.”

Hewitt lives on in the lives of his two sons, two daughters, three grandchildren, and the legacy he has left behind. The staff at ChattahBox sends their condolences to the surviving family.


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