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Jeff Fager '60 Minutes' executive producer Jeff Fager out at CBS
Herman Weaver | 13 September, 2018, 16:08

After over three decades at CBS News, "60 Minutes" executive producer Jeff Fager was abruptly fired on Wednesday for what he said afterward was a single "harsh" text message to a CBS correspondent, a message which CBS has now released.

Fager's second in command at "60 Minutes", Bill Owens, will run the show while a search is conducted for a permanent replacement, Rhodes said.

Fager was accused of misconduct by six women in Ronan Farrow's July New Yorker exposé about workplace culture at the network and its news division.

CBS News president David Rhodes said Wednesday that Fager was sacked for violating company policy.

Longtime producer of the popular CBS News program "60 Minutes", Jeff Fager, stepped down from his position on Wednesday, after violating "company policy", new memos show. A CBS News reporter working on a story about Fager revealed that he had sent her a text message urging her to "be careful".

In a statement, Fager denied the allegations and added that the termination was unrelated to them. "One such note should not result in termination after 36 years, but it did", he said.

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In November 2017, CBS News dropped Charlie Rose following a Washington Post investigation detailing allegations of unwanted sexual advances toward women.

In the texts, which were sent after Duncan went for comment, Hager wrote: 'If you repeat these false accusations without any of your own reporting to back them up, you will be held responsible for harming me'. "It was. I'll have more reporting on this tonight", she tweeted.

"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", Fager wrote, according to Duncan. "I really felt like this was one of the most sexist places I've ever worked", Sarah Johansen, who worked as an intern in the 2000s and alleged Fager groped her, told the New Yorker. He was set to begin his 15th season as executive producer of "60 Minutes", which returns for its 51st season September 30. "Similar frustrations about perceived inaction have prompted another woman to raise a claim of misconduct against Jeff Fager".

'Jeff Fager is leaving the company effective immediately, ' read a memo sent to CBS staff on Wednesday afternoon.

Sources at CBS News said there was a consensus that the network couldn't take action in the Fager case until the Moonves case was settled. The programme 60 Minutes, which airs on Sunday evenings, was first broadcast in 1968.

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