60 minutes TV show Y2K

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Is the 60 Minutes show on CBS this evening having a segment on Y2K?

Once before they announced that they were and then it didn't happen.

They gave no explanation. Does anyone have any info or corroboration?


-- Herbert Johnson (HERB87@JUNO.COM), November 29, 1998



There's a thread running on here right now with info about tonight's "60 Minutes". The name of the thread is "60-Mins To Air Y2K Segment". Here's a link to it:


-- Kevin (mixesmusic@worldnet.att.net), November 29, 1998.

Yes, I think it really is happening. I saw a quick TV teaser last night about it on CBS.

-- Diane J. Squire (sacredspaces@yahoo.com), November 29, 1998.

And again I post this here too...

Just to be prepared to fire off your thoughts, the CBS web-site Feedback Form is located at http://www.cbs.com/navbar/feedback.html

Watch the next broadcast of 60 Minutes on Sunday, November 29 at 7:00PM ET/PT (Check local listings). Frank Devine is the Y2K story producer.

BIOs http://www.cbs.com/prd1/now/display?p_who=network&p_section=3400 [Cant find individual e-mail for any of these people. Ideas???]

ED BRADLEY, Co-editor. Since joining CBS News in Paris in 1971, Ed Bradley has won numerous awards for his coverage of wars, politics, and personalities.

DON HEWITT, Executive producer. He has produced news for CBS throughout its 50-year history. More than 30 years ago, he created the first television news magazine.

STEVE KROFT, Co-editor. Much honored for his investigative reporting, he was a foreign correspondent before being named a co-editor of 60 Minutes in 1989.

ANDY ROONEY, Correspondent. His unique television essays have made Rooney "the most felicitous non-fiction writer in television," and its most honored.

MORLEY SAFER, Co-editor. His reporting for CBS has won him 11 Emmys and France's Chevalier dans I'Order des Arts et des Lettres.

LESLEY STAHL, Co-editor, She covered the administrations of three American presidents for CBS News before joining the 60 Minutes team in 1991.

MIKE WALLACE, Co-editor. His no-holds-barred interviewing technique and enterprising reportage are well known, and his interviews are a "who's who" list.

Here's how to get in touch with 60 Minutes.

Address: 60 Minutes 524 West 57th St. New York, New York 10019

Phone: (212) 975-3247

To order a transcript, call: (800) 777-TEXT

To order a videotape, call: (800) 848-3256

-- Diane J. Squire (sacredspaces@yahoo.com), November 29, 1998.

Here's a preview of tonight's show from the 60 minutes website:


It's been called the millennium computer glitch, when the computers on which so much of our lives now depend could malfunction simply because they will read the year 2000 as 1900. Despite knowing about this problem for years and billions being spent to fix it, experts tell Steve Kroft Y2K will probably cause some serious problems. Frank Devine is the producer.

-- Louise (~~~~~@~~~~.~~~), November 29, 1998.

CBS did as good a job as ABC did in the 60 Minutes coverage tonight, but why do the most "respected authorities" -- such as the MIT professor have to minimize the threats posed by Y2k while, in the same breath, they acknowledge that "...of course, no one really knows for sure what will happen"?!

All in all, pretty good for mainstream coverage.

-- Sara Nealy (saran@ptd.net), November 29, 1998.

IMHO, the T.V. media makes no effort that will shake up the populace. After all, they may be wrong, seem wrong, or cause wrong to happen. They have their *reputations* to maintain along with keeping commercial advertizers happy with *acceptable* output.

They need to follow a schedule based on perceived readiness for what they say or will be saying. Remember one person mentioned that they were 444 days away from y2k. At least that much of the show was taped a month and a half ago.

They did cover a lot of ground in the beginning. It should have been fairly obvious to most, I would think, that we are all in some deep dodo. Even if only the more perceptive "get it", there will be be a great leap forward. The balance of the program was the *balance* of the program. It seems they must end on a nicer note to appease government, advertizers, network heads, etc.

That may not always sit with people like us who have messages to get out but that's how they remain in a position to do so at all. I believe CBS did a very good job for the level of public awareness that is out there now. There will be many millions more out there tomorrow morning asking questions and making preparations. The next y2k program will build on 60 min. and earlier shows.


-- Floyd Baker (fbaker@wzrd.com), November 29, 1998.

the reason hat we will not get a news magazine (and I use the term under advisement) is extremely simple. there are hundreds of thousands of shingles out there with J. Q. ATORN ESQ" on them. Many of these "folks" have found their calling chasing ambulances, and fire trucks. IF any one show does happen to strike the proper ballance, and turn the "herd" to the TEOTWAWKI trail, and cause runs on either banks or stores, and "damage" any of the businesses, these ambulance chasers will sue so effing fast that the echoes of the store rush will not have died down before they will have copies on the necessary desks.

this is part of what has destroyed this country.


-- Chuck a night driver (rienzoo@en.com), November 30, 1998.

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