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Fred Friendly & Don Hewitt

TV Titans

If Edward R. Murrow and Mike Wallace stand as the on-camera symbols of CBS News, Fred Friendly and Don Hewitt, right, represent the behind-the-scenes production guidance responsible for the Eye’s dominance of TV news during the medium’s first three decades. As Murrow’s producer and creator of “See It Now,” Friendly harnessed the power of longform TV journalism. Friendly would eventually be elevated to president of CBS News, but his reign was cut short after two years: He resigned when the network chose to air “I Love Lucy” repeats rather than Senate hearings on Vietnam.

Hewitt’s career, meanwhile, can be summed up in two words: “60 Minutes.” Yet, even before he created the landmark newsmag, the crusty newsman had spent 15 years as the producer and director of the Eye’s Douglas Edwards-hosted evening newscast.

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