For Several Episodes This Fall, ’60 Minutes’ Will Become 90 Minutes

The CBS newsmagazine is stretching on some Sundays when CBS airs an NFL doubleheader, starting Oct. 8. Often, the show doesn’t air until 7:30 p.m. on the East Coast those nights (it usually starts at 7 p.m.). There will generally be two extra pieces on the 90-minute nights, and correspondents are already lobbying for more time to tell their stories. Extra producers have been brought in. Pictured (l-r): Sharyn Alfonsi, L. Jon Wertheim, Bill Whitaker, Lesley Stahl, Scott Pelley, Cecilia Vega, Anderson Cooper and Executive Producer Bill Owens.

CBS News and ’60 Minutes’ Producer Katie Spikes Dies After Cancer Battle

‘60 Minutes’ Gets Insight Award At NAB Show

60 Minutes was given the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation’s Insight Award at the NAB Show in Las Vegas April 17. Bill Owens, executive producer, was there to accept the award.

CBS Renews 9 Series, Including ‘NCIS,’ ‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ And ‘Survivor’

CBS on Tuesday afternoon announced renewals for NCIS (aka broadcast’s most-watched drama), CSI: VegasThe Amazing Race and six other series. The other programs that got the nod to return for the 2023-24 TV season are 60 Minutes (TV’s most-watched news program), the sophomore procedural NCIS: Hawa’iiSurvivorTough as NailsLingo and the true crime docuseries 48 Hours.

‘60 Minutes’ & ‘48 Hours’ Renewed At CBS

ABC News’ Cecilia Vega Named ’60 Minutes’ Correspondent

Bill Owens, executive producer of “60 Minutes,” called Vega a “sensational reporter and storyteller,” in the Thursday announcement. Vega said in the statement that the appointment was a “dream come true.” Vega will start at ratings leader “60 Minutes” in the spring as a correspondent. She has led ABC’s White House coverage since President Joe Biden won the 2020 election. Before that, she was ABC’s senior White House correspondent covering the Trump administration. Also at ABC, Vega was the lead reporter for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Prince Harry’s ‘60 Minutes’ Scores Season High of 11.2 Million Viewers, Best Next-Day Streaming Since Trump’s October 2020 Interview

Prince Harry’s Sunday 60 Minutes interview with Anderson Cooper brought in a season-high audience for the CBS newsmagazine, drawing 11.2 million total viewers, according to Nielsen’s time-zone adjusted Live + Same Day data. That audience count is up from the 10.52 million viewers reported Monday for the Prince Harry-Anderson Cooper sitdown, per the earliest available Nielsen data. That initial number alone was up 16% from the 60 Minutes season average viewership to-date and made the episode the third-most watched of the season.

50 Years On, ’60 Minutes’ Icon Lesley Stahl Is Still ‘Fearless’

Half a century into her CBS career, Stahl remains as vigorous and relevant as ever. For the 55th season of 60 Minutes, she traveled to Taiwan to report on how people are responding to the country’s heightened threat from China. After stopping home in New York for a day to repack her suitcase, she flew to Tehran to interview Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

Biden Doing First ‘60 Minutes’ Interview As President

A newly energized President Joe Biden is sitting down with correspondent Scott Pelley for his first 60 Minutes interview since taking office as the 46th President of the United States. Pelley spoke with Biden at the White House and in Detroit — as he toured the auto show there — for a two-part report that will be broadcast on the 55th season premiere of 60 Minutes this Sunday, Sept. 18, on CBS.


‘Big Brother’ Eyes Audience High As Preseason NFL Lifts CBS

CBS’ 60 Minutes rerun drew 6.6 million total viewers and a 0.9 demo rating, topping Sunday in both measures. Big Brother in turn is eyeing its best Sunday audience of Season 24 (4.1 million), though it was down a tick in the demo week-to-week (to a 0.7).

Paramount Announces New ’60 Minutes’ Channel On Pluto TV

60 Minutes is stepping into the streaming arena once again. 60 Minutes executive producer Bill Owens informed staff that there’s a deal in place for a 60 Minutes channel to live on Pluto TV, Paramount’s ad-supported streaming service. The 60 Minutes channel will run in partnership with the Pluto TV programming team, and be led by 60 Minutes Senior Producer Nicole Young.

’60 Minutes’ Streaming Spinoff Shuttered By Paramount+

While the venerable newsmagazine continues to be one of the most popular shows on television, it’s now 0-for-2 in recent attempts to expand into different platforms.

Kevin Tedesco, Publicist Who Helped ’60 Minutes’ Tick, Is Retiring

Kevin Tedesco, the longtime 60 Minutes publicist who has seen the show through more than half of its tenure on air, is retiring after a quarter century at CBS News. CBS News released no official statement about his departure, but the show revealed he was leaving via its Twitter feed today.

Facebook Calls ’60 Minutes’ Whistleblower Piece ‘Misleading’

Lena Pietsch, director of policy communications for Facebook, fired back Sunday night (Oct. 3) against a segment of 60 Minutes revealing the identity of a company whistleblower as former product manager Frances Hougan. “On Sunday, CBS 60 Minutes ran a segment that used select company materials to tell a misleading story about the research we do to improve our products,” Pietsch said. “The segment also disregards the significant investments we make to keep people safe on our platform and seeks to impugn the motivations of our company.”

How Lesley Stahl Became The ‘Grandma Badass’ of ’60 Minutes’

Even though she is on the cusp of turning 80, Lesley Stahl is still climbing mountains. She is proving her mettle in new ways as she reaches an age that most people see as a time to break away from any kind of career. She tangled with Pres. Donald Trump on four different occasions in recent years, and managed to walk away from a coronavirus infection. “Lesley does not stay still,” says Bill Owens, the executive producer of 60 Minutes.

GLAAD Slams ‘Shameful’ ’60 Minutes’ Story On Transgender Youth

’60 Minutes’ Faces Backlash For Critical Story On Florida’s Vaccine Rollout

’60 Minutes Plus’ Coming To Paramount+ March 4

60 Minutes+ will debut March 4 with three separate episodes, the network announced Wednesday. The announcement was part of a rollout for Paramount+, which is replacing the CBS All Access service, offering Paramount movies as well as old and new programming from CBS and the Viacom stable of networks. Above, Jonathan Blakely, is executive producer of the new show that CBS hopes CBS hopes will expose the durable brand to a younger and more diverse audience.

Book Review: An Insider’s Look Behind The ’60 Minutes’ Stopwatch

“Ticking Clock: Behind the Scenes at 60 Minutes,” by Ira Rosen (St. Martin’s Press) Long-time multi-award winning producer Ira Rosen has written a sometimes sad, often funny, always revealing portrait […]

The Voice of ’60 Minutes,’ Robb Webb Dies From COVID Complications

’60 Minutes’ Keeps On The News, Reaps Viewers

CBS’s pioneering newsmagazine is consistently one of the most-watched programs on television and its viewership is up 9% over last year, Nielsen said. That’s more than any other primetime program on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, and also one of only four to show a year-to-year increase.

’60 Minutes’ Producer Bob Anderson Retires

One of the most revered producers in 60 Minutes history, Bob Anderson is calling it a career. Over his 30 years at the newsmagazine, Anderson has produced more than 180 stories, with his final one airing this past Sunday — an investigation of Saudi citizens escaping American justice.

Lesley Stahl’s Family Receives Death Threat

CBS’s Lesley Stahl now has around-the-clock security after she and her family received death threats following her controversial 60 Minutes interview with President Donald Trump. Broadcast on the network Sunday, that interview gained attention in the days leading up to its airing after the president walked out and criticized Stahl publicly on Twitter, stating that the interview was “fake and biased.”

’60 Minutes’ Draws Nearly 17 Million Vewers

Donald Trump’s contentious interview with veteran 60 Minutes host Lesley Stahl, as well as Joe Biden’s less eventful sit-down, scored the show its largest audience since 2018. The dual Biden and Trump interviews, the latter of which the president cut short, drew a total of 16.8 million total viewers on CBS and scored a 2.4 rating among adults 18-49, per Nielsen time adjusted fast national numbers.

’60 Minutes’ Airs Trump Interview, With Fact Checks

Lesley Stahl told President Trump up front: “You know, this is 60 Minutes. And we can’t put on things we can’t verify.” On Sunday night, the show remained true to its word. The venerable CBS newsmagazine aired significant portions of the interview it conducted with President Trump earlier this week, even though the White House broke an agreement that a tape it made of the proceedings would only be used for archival material.

’60 Minutes’ Will Run Trump Interview Sunday, Despite President’s Release Of Footage

Lesley Stahl’s interview with President Donald Trump will air Sunday on 60 Minutes, despite the White House’s decision to air unedited footage of it on Facebook, CBS News said Thursday.

Trump Posts Unedited ’60 Minutes’ Interview

The footage, posted by the president on Facebook ahead of its scheduled Sunday broadcast, shows Trump growing increasingly prickly as CBS anchor Lesley Stahl presses him on a host of topics, including his response to the coronavirus pandemic, his slipping support among suburban women, the lack of masks at his rallies, and the “Obamacare” replacement plan he has long promised but failed to unveil.

Trump Cuts Short ‘60 Minutes’ Appearance

President Donald Trump blasted 60 Minutes and correspondent Lesley Stahl after he abruptly cut short a planned series of appearances on the show. His latest tweets suggest that he did not think the interview went well. Trump wrote on Twitter, “I am pleased to inform you that, for the sake of accuracy in reporting, I am considering posting my interview with Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes, PRIOR TO AIRTIME! This will be done so that everybody can get a glimpse of what a FAKE and BIASED interview is all about…”

’60 Minutes’ Sets Trump, Biden Interviews

The CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes will interview President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden for next week’s edition. Correspondent Lesley Stahl announced the interviews at the end of the newscast Sunday, promising “revealing, provocative conversations with the two major party candidates for president.”


How ’60 Minutes’ Adjusted Its Production Process

The news magazine’s executive producer, Bill Owens, details his approach to calming the waters at 60 Minutes, guiding the show through the myriad challenges of COVID-19, launching a short-form sibling show on Quibi, and other topics.


’60 Minutes’ Is Having A Moment. Here’s Why

Early this month, with the 60 Minutes season nearly ready to wrap production for the summer, executive producer Bill Owens took a heartfelt pitch to his boss, CBS News President Susan Zirinsky. “We can’t stop,” he told her. Zirinsky agreed, despite the fact that the labor-intensive Sunday-night newsmagazine show weighs heavily on the network budget, and took the plan to the corporate honchos. Remarkably, they got on board, too. As a result, instead of ending the season last weekend, new episodes will continue until at least June 28.

Trump Slams ’60 Minutes’ As ‘Fake News’

President Trump called 60 Minutes’ interview with whistleblower Rick Bright fake news, called CBS News anchor Norah O’Donnell a third place anchor, and said the show was trying to demean the country to benefit the radical left. In a 60 Minutes interview Sunday night hosted by O’Donnell, Bright, formerly a top scientist with the Department of Health and Human Services, said the Trump Administration’s COVID-19 response had been slow, prioritized politics over science, pushed the unproven drug hydroxychloroquine, and ultimately cost lives.

Virus Tests Lesley Stahl, ’60 Minutes’ On, Off Air

The CBS program’s longest-serving correspondent, Lesley Stahl, was hospitalized but recovered, others on the staff tested positive and — like many businesses — it has operated remotely for two months. At the same time, 60 Minutes has dove into a breaking news story in ways that it seldom has before.

Lesley Stahl Reveals She Fought Coronavirus

CBS News correspondent Lesley Stahl said Sunday she’s feeling well now, but was “really scared” after fighting pneumonia caused by the coronavirus for two weeks at home before going to the hospital for a week.

’60 Minutes,’ ‘AFHV’ Lead Quarantine Viewing Gains

CBS’ 60 Minutes has grown by more than 2 million viewers over the season average, while America’s Funniest Home Videos has increased by more than 1.3 million viewers. Both are […]

RTDNF Unveils First Amendment Honorees

The Radio Television Digital News Foundation has announced the winners of the 30th annual First Amendment Awards. They represent the role journalists play in local and national media to practice the First Amendment. A total of seven awards will be given, to ABC’s David Muir, 60 Minutes, NBC’s Bob Horner, Hearst’s Barbara Maushard, Telemundo’s Lori Montenegro, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and WFLA’s Steve Andrews.

Lara Logan Sues New York Magazine

The former 60 Minutes correspondent is suing the magazine  for $25 million, claiming an article about her retracted report tarnished her career.

Dec. 8 ’60 Minutes’ Delivered Its Biggest 25-54 Rating In A Year

CBS To Produce Short-Form ’60 Minutes’

CBS News will create 60 In 6, a six-minute program produced in the style of its venerable magazine show 60 Minutes, for the mobile audience of Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi.

‘60 Minutes’ Keeps Its Viewers And Stature

Winning statuettes at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards is nothing new for the venerable CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes. The five won by the program on Tuesday brought its total up to 159 over its long run. But it’s rare that a former boss who lost his job during last year’s wave of #MeToo accusations gets acknowledged by the winners at the lectern.