Tell Me a Story: Fifty Years and 60 Minutes in Television

Tell Me a Story: Fifty Years and 60 Minutes in Television

Tell Me a Story: Fifty Years and 60 Minutes in Television

Tell Me a Story: Fifty Years and 60 Minutes in Television

Synopsis

One of the towering figures of television news, Executive producer of 60 Minutes Don Hewitt, recounts his adventures in broadcast journalism, from TV's earliest days through the controversies & challenges that face the news business today.

Excerpt

There probably are luckier people in the world, but I don't know them. My life has been blessed by good fortune, good friends, a wonderful family, great professional colleagues, and more luck than anyone has a right to expect. I've even managed to reach that plateau called "elder statesman" without, I think, too much to be ashamed of.

I am keenly aware that you don't get where I got without some of what made Ed Murrow Ed Murrow, Walter Cronkite Walter Cronkite, and Mike Wallace Mike Wallace rubbing off on you. I am also keenly aware that 60 Minutes works because fate bestowed on me the most talented men and women in the broadcast news business and just enough good sense to know what to do with them. Ideas in television are a dime a dozen. People who can execute those ideas are a precious commodity, and the people of 60 Minutes are pure gold.

The formula is simple, and it's reduced to four words every kid in the world knows: Tell me a story. It's that easy.

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