Don Hewitt, a television news producer and executive best known for creating “60 Minutes” on CBS in 1968, which makes it the longest-running primetime broadcast on U.S. television, has passed away at his home in New York at the age of 86.
Hewitt started his newspaper career as a copyboy at the New York Herald Tribune in 1942. He started at CBS six years later and worked his way up until he created “60 Minutes” in 1968. He was the executive producer until 2004, when he stepped down at the age of 81.
Hewitt was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March of this year. He is survived by Marilyn Berger, his wife of 30 years, and four children. He was portrayed in the movie “The Insider” by Phillip Baker Hall.