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October 2, 2011 in broadcast news, pop culture news, tv ratings | Tags: "The year With Andy Rooney", 60 Minutes, AIDS, Andy Rooney, Brian Rooney, CBS News, Charles Gomez, Chuck Gomez, David Burke, Emily Rooney, GLAAD, homophobia, Laurence Tisch, Margie Rooney, reinstatement, Sigma Delta Chi award, suspension | by Shelley Ross dailyXpress | 5 comments
I, for one, will miss Andy Rooney who, at 92, is closing out a 47-year career at CBS News during which time he walked the halls with other broadcast giants such as Edward R. Murrow, Fred Friendly, Walter Cronkite, Don Hewitt, Mike Wallace and more.
He also worked along side quite a few “non-giants” (we all know the list) and once had his pay suspended after writing a letter to then CEO Laurence Tisch to complain that CBS News ”has been turned into primarily a business enterprise and the moral enterprise has been lost.”
Back in March 1987, Tisch had cut more than 215 jobs and the Writer’s Guild tried to protect their members and, at the time, was five weeks into a strike. In a gesture of solidarity, Andy Rooney refused to appear on “60 Minutes” and was suspended without pay. His weekly salary then was reported to be about $7700.
Sunday night, the crumpled Mr. Rooney is signing off 60 Minutes, with his 1,097th commentary and that is nothing short of remarkable. And while most weeks of his 33-year career at 60 minutes he offered a dose of humanity at the end of the broadcast, he occasionally spewed speech that would wound. Read the rest of this entry »