60 Minutes the American newsmagazine television program, debuted on September 24, 1968

60 Minutes is an American newsmagazine television program broadcast on the CBS television network. Debuting in 1968, the program was created by Don Hewitt, who chose to set it apart from other news programs by using a unique style of reporter-centered investigation. In 2002, 60 Minutes was ranked #6 on TV Guides 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time and in 2013, it was ranked #24 on TV Guides 60 Best Series of All Time. The New York Times has called it “one of the most esteemed news magazines on American television”.

Season 50 debuted on September 24, 2017. It has been renewed for a record 51st.

Initially, 60 Minutes aired as a bi-weekly show hosted by Harry Reasoner and Mike Wallace, debuting on September 24, 1968, and alternating weeks with other CBS News productions on Tuesday evenings at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The first edition, described by Reasoner in the opening as a “kind of a magazine for television,” featured the following segments:

  1. A look inside the headquarters suites of presidential candidates Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey during their respective parties’ national conventions that summer;
  2. Commentary by European writers Malcolm Muggeridge, Peter von Zahn, and Luigi Barzini, Jr. on the American electoral system;
  3. A commentary by political columnist Art Buchwald;
  4. An interview with then-Attorney General Ramsey Clark about police brutality;
  5. “A Digression,” a brief, scripted piece in which two silhouetted men (one of them Andy Rooney) discuss the presidential campaign;
  6. An abbreviated version of an Academy Award-winning short film by Saul Bass, Why Man Creates; and
  7. A meditation by Wallace and Reasoner on the relation between perception and reality. Wallace said that the show aimed to “reflect reality”.

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