'60 Minutes' Chief Fager Fired From CBS After Violating Policy

Story alleges a darker side of'60 Minutes

Jeff Fager, the longtime executive producer of "60 Minutes" who was sacked on Wednesday, sent a text message to CBS News correspondent Jericka Duncan with a warning over the network's coverage of the sexual harassment accusations against him.

"60 Minutes" will enter its 51st season under the leadership of executive editor Bill Owens while the search for a new executive producer begins.

Moonves - once considered among the most powerful and well-compensated media executives - resigned as chief of CBS on Sunday evening in light of a second New Yorker article detailing allegations of sexual assault, harassment and intimidation.

Fager, who has denied the claims of harassment, released a statement confirming he was sacked because "I sent a text message to one of our CBS reporters" over her coverage of newer allegations against him that The New Yorker published Sunday.

CBS News president David Rhodes said Wednesday that Fager was sacked for violating company policy. "However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level", wrote Rhodes.

'Instead, they terminated my contract early because I sent a text message to one of our own CBS reporters demanding that she be fair in covering the story.

In a statement to CNN's Brian Stelter, Fager again denied the allegations in The New Yorker, calling them "false" and saying they were not the reason for his exit. "One such note should not result in termination after 36 years, but it did".

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"I am that reporter".

Now the reporter who received the message has revealed its contents. They remained in their positions while law firms hired by CBS investigated the allegations.

This is what he replied with, per Duncan: "If you repeat these false accusations without any of your own reporting to back them up, you will be responsible for harming me". In 2011 he was named the first ever chairman of CBS News, launching the current iteration of "CBS This Morning" during his tenure. Rhodes was then brought in as news president, taking over full management of the news division when Fager went back to exclusively running "60 Minutes".

In another report Sunday, former intern Sarah Johansen accused Fager of groping her at a work event.

In response to that allegation, Fager told CBS News, "This is an outrageous claim and it didn't happen". "60 Minutes" is one of the most revered programs in television news.

His departure is effective immediately, the company said in a tweet.

Sources at CBS News said there was a consensus that the network couldn't take action in the Fager case until the Moonves case was settled.

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