After losing Walter Cronkite just last month, CBS News has lost another great pillar of strength from its golden era. CBS News pioneer Don Hewitt, the inventor of “60 Minutes” died Wednesday. He died of pancreatic cancer at his Bridgehampton home. He was 86.
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.
Hewitt produced the popular newsmagazine for 36 years. During his stewardship “60 Minutes” won 73 Emmys, 13 DuPont/Columbia University Awards and nine Peabody Awards.
Hewitt was a true gem whose memories will always glitter in the hearts and minds of all his fans, followers and well-wishers.
Let’s hope now he accepts his new role in the heaven and keep the angels entertained. A heartfelt salute to the media maestro.
R.I.P. Don Hewitt.