CBS President Leslie Moonves was among those paying tribute to the late Don Hewitt. He said, "In the history of journalism, there have been few who were as creative, dynamic and versatile as Don Hewitt. The depth and breadth of his accomplishments are impossible to measure, because since the very beginnings of our business, he quite literally invented so many of the vehicles by which we now communicate the news."
Sean McManus, president of CBS News and Sports, said, "Don's creativity, drive and outright enthusiasm were an inspiration to everyone at CBS News. He shaped the television news business from its earliest moments through the creation of his masterwork, '60 Minutes.'"
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"It is a sad and difficult time for all of us who work at '60 Minutes,'" said executive producer Jeff Fager, seen here at right with Don Hewitt. "Don was a giant figure in our lives and will always have an impact on this broadcast - there's a part of him in every one of us, and it affects every decision we make."