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Since 1968 America has been better enlightened than previously concerning current events and happenings around the world A considerable factor for this occurrence is the television program 60 Minutes which debuted on the air in September of 1968 Many other television newsmagazines have been produced since its creation however none have possessed the longevity nor the influence of 60 Minutes Infact 60 Minutes which is owned by CBS News was the first regular network news program to cover actual stories asopposed to topics Today similar newsmagazines can be seen every night of the week on various stations all of whichwere sparked by the inception of 60 Minutes All of the tabloid television programs being shown today are also a result of 60 Minutes and its bold gutsy gotcha style of television journalism 60 Minutes changed the way that the American public receives its television news stemming forth a whole new format of television broadcast journalism 60 Minutes has a vast history of stories covered yet the format has remained unchanged Don Hewett creator and producer of 60 Minutes has been the subject of much criticism for his stubbornness Since its origin 60 Minutes has continued to adhere to the same formula that made it such a success The hidden-camera interviews the surprising of unsuspecting alleged crooks with a bombardment of questions the longevity of the featured reporters all of these are what made 60 Minutes a success--finishing in the top 10 Nielson ratings for 17 consecutive seasons and counting Other than the fact that it changed from black-and-white to color with the new technology the appearance of 60 Minutes has remained consistent There is no reason to change a thing about such a prosperous show according to Hewitt Not only has the format remained constant but the reporters have as well Mike Wallace and Harry Reasoner both appeared on the first episode of 60 Minutes Reasoner who passed away in 1991 left CBS in 1970
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