“60 Minutes”


In 1968 broadcast pioneer (and longtime executive producer) Don Hewitt, created a new kind of television program — the news magazine. It was supposed to do feature reporting that was informative and hard hitting. After a less than successful start, the program caught on in the 1970s and has been on top of the yearly Nielsens a total of five times. All the other networks were quick to enter this lucrative business and especially during the ’80s and ’90s, it seemed entire network schedules were filled up with news magazines. In 1999, to expand on the success of this show, CBS created 60 Minutes II, which aired on a weeknight. Since the first episode, 60 Minutes has used the ticking sound of a stopwatch as its open and commercial break bumper.

Ticking stopwatch (60 Minutes)

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