'60 Minutes' chief Fager out at CBS

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Across various news outlets, including the New Yorker and Washington Post, more than a dozen current and former employees had claimed Fager, the CBS News chair from 2011-2015 and 60 Minutes EP for the past 14 seasons, condoned harassment in the division. He became executive producer at 60 Minutes in 2003.

In a July story in The New Yorker, journalist Ronan Farrow reported that six former employees told him that Fager would touch employees in ways that made them uncomfortable at company parties, and that in one instance he made a drunken advance toward one junior staffer. "Instead, they terminated my contract early because I sent a text message to one of our own CBS reporters demanding that she be fair in covering the story", Fager said. The programme 60 Minutes, which airs on Sunday evenings, was first broadcast in 1968.

She told Farrow the famed news magazine has a "boy's club" culture and female staffers referred to avoiding the "Fager arm" at work functions.

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Announcing Fager's ouster today, CBS News president David Rhodes said in a statement, "This action today is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports, which continue to be investigated independently". He was appointed in 2004 to succeed founding executive Don Hewitt.

Fager said he would not have thought that one note would have resulted in a dismissal after 36 years at the network, "but it did".

"Despite Charlie's important journalistic contribution to our news division, there is absolutely nothing more important, in this or any organization, than ensuring a safe, professional workplace - a supportive environment where people feel they can do their best work", Rhodes said in a memo a year ago.

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Fager once kept on his office wall a framed remnant of a curtain stained by a cup of coffee thrown at him by the late correspondent Morley Safer when the two worked together. Both Moonves and Fager have been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment and assault, which was allegedly part of a broader hostile workplace for women at CBS. Rhodes was then brought in as news president, taking over full management of the news division when Fager went back to exclusively running "60 Minutes".

Bill Owens, executive editor at "60 Minutes", will step in to manage the "60 Minutes" team while a search for a replacement is conducted. The show debuts a new season on September 30.

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