'60 Minutes' chief Fager out at CBS

Jeff Fager

'60 Minutes' executive producer Jeff Fager out at CBS

Jeff Fager, who was removed from his post as "60 Minutes" executive producer on Wednesday, sent a text to a CBS News reporter warning her that she could face a "serious problem" if she reported sexual misconduct allegations made against him.

CBS said in an internal memo that, although the allegations are not directly related to Fager's termination, the company is still conducting an independent investigation into the matter. The decision came amid multiple accusations of sexual harassment against Fager in The New Yorker in July and just days after the company's CEO and chairman, Les Moonves, departed over similar allegations. But Moonves wasn't the only CBS honcho named in the second report, and the spotlight was placed firmly on Fager once Moonves was shown the door. Fager said in a statement that his contract was terminated early "because I sent a text message to one of our own CBS reporters demanding that she be fair in covering the story".

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", Fager said. They remained in their positions while law firms hired by CBS investigated the allegations.

CBS launched an investigation into Fager over the summer.

However, the memo from Rhodes distances Wednesday's action from those accounts.

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He said he didn't think one note would have resulted in a dismissal after 36 years at the network, "but it did".

It was then noted: 'However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level'.

At the end of Duncan's report, anchor Jeff Glor said to her, "That message was unacceptable". He became executive producer at 60 Minutes in 2003. He also introduced "CBS This Morning" in January 2012.

In another report Sunday, former intern Sarah Johansen accused Fager of groping her at a work event.

"This is an outrageous claim and it didn't happen", Fager said in response.

"Despite Charlie's important journalistic contribution to our news division, there is absolutely nothing more important, in this or any organization, than ensuring a safe, professional workplace - a supportive environment where people feel they can do their best work", Rhodes said in a memo previous year. The programme 60 Minutes, which airs on Sunday evenings, was first broadcast in 1968.

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