“Staffers at CBS News are growing anxious over which of two internal candidates is most likely to win the top post at ‘60 Minutes’ – and it’s making some people more cranky than Andy Rooney delivering one of his famous monologues for the show,” writes Brian Steinberg on Variety’s website.
The story continues, “The executive producer slot at ’60 Minutes’ has been open since longtime chief Jeff Fager parted ways with CBS in September over a threatening text message he sent to a CBS News reporter. Now, staffers supporting either Bill Owens, the show’s executive editor, or Susan Zirinsky, the veteran CBS News producer, are trying to stir up unrest.”
Steinberg also observes, “A significant portion of the staff would like to see Owens take the reins, according to several people familiar with the program.These people also note that ‘60’ has an insular culture that would be difficult for anyone who has not worked there to navigate. On the other hand, there are also supporters for Zirinsky, who has also supervised award-winning documentaries and breaking news specials. She even served as the inspiration for Holly Hunter’s high-standards news producer in the 1987 film ‘Broadcast News.’
“The two executives have not been outwardly adversarial in the past, but the appeal of the job and the jockeying around it appears to be leading their supporters to campaign for one by dismissing the other.”
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