Bradley to Lead ’60 Minutes’ Opening

Sep 22, 2005  •  Post A Comment

When “60 Minutes” opens its 38th season Sunday on CBS, Ed Bradley will be the first correspondent introducing himself to viewers, not Mike Wallace, who had occupied the first position in the opening since the show debuted in 1968. After Mr. Bradley, Steve Kroft and Lesley Stahl identify themselves, Mr. Wallace will be seen and heard saying, “These stories and Andy Rooney, tonight on ’60 Minutes.'”

Dan Rather, the former “CBS Evening News” anchor who is now assigned full-time to “60 Minutes” as a correspondent, will not appear in the introductory segment, nor will Morley Safer, who had by dint of tenure (he joined “60” in 1970) followed Mr. Wallace after Harry Reasoner left CBS in 1970 to take a shot at anchoring for ABC News.

Mr. Bradley, Mr. Kroft and Ms. Stahl are to be the featured players, “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager told the Associated Press. Mr. Wallace, Mr. Safer and Mr. Rather-like Scott Pelley, Bob Simon and Lara Logan, all of whom had been assigned to the late “60 Minutes II”-will have to fight a little harder to get into the on-air mix.

The Sunday night lineup is scheduled to feature a Stahl interview with Roy Hallums, the American held hostage in Iraq for 10 months; a Kroft piece on the search for Osama bin Laden; and a Bradley profile of Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.

“60 Minutes II’s” Charlie Rose and Vicki Mabrey did not make the cut when the two magazine staffs combined.