Owens named chief executive behind CBS' '60 Minutes'

February 06, 2019 - 6:06 pm

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Incoming CBS News president Susan Zirinsky opted for continuity on television's most popular news program, appointing Bill Owens as executive producer of "60 Minutes" on Wednesday.

Owens has been executive editor at "60 Minutes" since 2008, and has been running it on an interim basis since his predecessor Jeff Fager was fired in September for sending a threatening text message to a colleague writing a story about him.

Zirinsky says Owens is "steeped in the storytelling style audiences have come to expect from "60 Minutes."

It was the first big appointment for Zirinsky, another CBS veteran. She was named news president last month to replace the outgoing David Rhodes.