'60 Minutes' Chief Fager Fired From CBS After Violating Policy

  • '60 Minutes' Chief Fager Fired From CBS After Violating Policy

'60 Minutes' Chief Fager Fired From CBS After Violating Policy

CBS "60 Minutes" executive producer Jeff Fager says he's leaving the company, after being named in recent stories that accused him of fostering an abusive workplace.

In today's memo, Rhodes wrote that Fager's departure "is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports, which continue to be investigated independently". The announcement comes just days after news that CEO Leslie Moonves was leaving amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

Fager faced accusations in a July report in The New Yorker about unwanted touching by employees, but he has denied those accusations.

It was shortly after outlets began to pick up the news of Fager's exit that he released a statement of his own, in light of CBS News' refusing to comment on his specific violation.

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. My language was harsh and, despite the fact that journalists receive harsh demands for fairness all the time, CBS did not like it.

The investigation into Fager by an outside law firm is not complete.

He added: 'One such note should not result in termination after 36 years, but it did'.

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.

"I am that reporter", Duncan said on air.

"If you repeat these false accusations without any of your own reporting to back them up you will be held responsible for harming me", Fager allegedly wrote in the text, according to Duncan. 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'. He also introduced "CBS This Morning" in January 2012. A second Farrow article last week alleged that Fager had groped an employee at a company event. He was known as a hands-on executive producer, famous for meticulous involvement in screenings of prospective "60 Minutes" segments - in the tradition laid out by his predecessor.

But Fager has said that women have made significant advances at the broadcast, to the point where a majority its producers and associate producers are now women.

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.