CBS News is bringing on CNN’s Anderson Cooper as a contributor to “60 Minutes” in a bid to add a youthful face to the broadcast.
The anchor of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” will contribute five stories a year to “60 Minutes,” in a deal similar to that which brought CNN foreign correspondent Christiane Amanpour to the Eye as a “60” contributor for several years.
CNN will have the option to air Cooper’s stories after they are broadcast on CBS, which the Eye sees as an opportunity to gain additional exposure for its veteran newsmagazine. Cooper will remain a full-time CNN employee.
“For us, it’s a chance for more people to see the story,” said “60 Minutes” exec producer Jeff Fager. “For (Cooper), it’s an opportunity to do more with a story that he’s spent a lot of time on.”
Cooper contributed two stories to “60 Minutes II” before that show was canceled last year, including a report on the doctor who prescribed steroids and human growth hormone to several NFL players. The doctor was indicted and recently pleaded guilty to various charges.
Fager said Cooper had expressed a desire to continue working with “60 Minutes,” and talks proceeded from there.
At 38, Cooper will be the youngest contributor to “60 Minutes” except for correspondent Lara Logan, who is 34.
Cooper will join Katie Couric, who will become a “60 Minutes” correspondent in the fall after she begins as anchor of CBS’ “Evening News.”
But in a sign “60 Minutes” isn’t completely breaking with the past, CBS News also re-signed Mike Wallace, 88, to a four-year deal.