'60 Minutes' chief Fager out at CBS

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"If you repeat these false accusations without any of your own reporting to back them up you will be responsible for harming me", Fager wrote, per Duncan. Fager said in a statement that his contract was terminated early "because I sent a text message to one of our own CBS reporters demanding that she be fair in covering the story".

It was then noted: 'However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level'.

Jeff Fager, the executive producer of the flagship CBS news program, "60 Minutes", has left the network.

CBS is now the most-watched network in the US. "It was. I'll have more reporting on this tonight", she tweeted.

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CBS reporter Jericka Duncan during a CBS Evening News report Wednesday night revealed herself to be the person on the receiving end of Fager's message.

CBS said on Monday that it would pay $120 million to former Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves if an internal investigation into allegations of harassment fails to provide grounds for his dismissal.

Earlier Wednesday, Fager issued a statement defending his actions and denying the accounts in Farrow's report. "My language was harsh and, despite the fact that all journalists receive harsh demands for fairness all the time, CBS did not like it".

Back in July, Farrow cited 19 current and former staffers who alleged that Fager "allowed harassment in the division", while six former staffers accused him of inappropriate touching.

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She told Farrow the famed news magazine has a "boy's club" culture and female staffers referred to avoiding the "Fager arm" at work functions.

He ended, "One such note should not result in termination after 36 years, but it did". "60 Minutes" is, as Rhodes notes in his memo, "the most significant news broadcast on television", having debuted in 1968 and served as the investigative home for such television inquisitors as Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Ed Bradley and Lesley Stahl.

On Sunday, Les Monves (right) resigned as CEO of CBS for a string of sexual misconduct allegations.

"Despite Charlie's important journalistic contribution to our news division, there is absolutely nothing more important, in this or any organization, than ensuring a safe, professional workplace - a supportive environment where people feel they can do their best work", Rhodes said in a memo a year ago. Fager told The New Yorker, "I have never discouraged anyone from going to H.R".

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