Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

'60 Minutes' chief Jeff Fager leaves CBS amid harassment accusations

'60 Minutes' chief Jeff Fager leaves CBS amid harassment accusations

"60 Minutes" executive producer Jeff Fager is leaving CBS after sexual misconduct allegations.

Hours after "60 Minutes" executive producer Jeff Fager claimed that his termination Wednesday stemmed from a text message he'd sent to a CBS reporter, the contents of the message were divulged by the network.

The announcement roiled CBS News and came right on the heels of CBS CEO Les Moonves' exit from the company.

CBS had been investigating Mr Moonves, 68, since he was accused of harassment in a New Yorker article in July - and fresh accusations from six more women appeared last week.

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Earlier Wednesday, CBS News president David Rhodes announced in a memo to staffers that Fager would be "leaving the company effective immediately," adding that the decision was "not directly related" to sexual misconduct allegations against him published by Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker.

It was then noted: 'However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level'. A CBS News reporter working on a story about Fager revealed that he had sent her a text message urging her to "be careful". Fager has denied the charges.

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". There are people who lost their jobs trying to harm me, and if you pass on these damaging claims without your own reporting to back them up, that will become a serious problem'. It was. I'll have more reporting on this tonight, ' she wrote on Twitter. The investigations into CBS and CBS News, one of which started after allegations against Charlie Rose surfaced and another after reports on Moonves, will continue. 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". In 2011 he was named the first ever chairman of CBS News, launching the current iteration of "CBS This Morning" during his tenure. "Similar frustrations about perceived inaction have prompted another woman to raise a claim of misconduct against Jeff Fager". "60 Minutes" is, as Rhodes notes in his memo, "the most significant news broadcast on television", having debuted in 1968 and served as the investigative home for such television inquisitors as Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Ed Bradley and Lesley Stahl.

Sarah Johansen said that when she was an intern Fager allegedly groped her buttocks at a party, and she was later told this move was referred to as the 'Fager arm'.

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