A TV news veteran who has been a fixture on CBS News for decades has announced his retirement. Morley Safer, the longest-tenured correspondent on “60 Minutes,” will formally retire this week, CBS News reports. Safer will turn 85 in November. He joined CBS 52 years ago, in 1964.
The network will air a special on Safer’s career, which has spanned seven decades, leading out from the regular edition of “60 Minutes” this Sunday, May 15, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
“Safer’s first season as a regular ’60 Minutes’ correspondent began in 1970 with a story about the training of U.S. Sky Marshals,” the network notes. “His last ’60 Minutes’ report — number 919 — a profile of Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, was broadcast in March.”
Said Safer: “After more than 50 years of broadcasting on CBS News and 60 Minutes I have decided to retire. It’s been a wonderful run, but the time has come to say goodbye to all of my friends at CBS and the dozens of people who kept me on the air. But most of all I thank the millions of people who have been loyal to our broadcast.”
Jeff Fager, executive producer of “60 Minutes,” added: “Morley has had a brilliant career as a reporter and as one of the most significant figures in CBS News history, on our broadcast and in many of our lives. Morley’s curiosity, his sense of adventure and his superb writing all made for exceptional work done by a remarkable man.”