(NEW YORK) — Morley Safer’s time with 60 Minutes is up. After a distinguished career that included 46 years with the newsmagazine program, he announced Wednesday that he is retiring.
“After more than 50 years of broadcasting on CBS News and 60 Minutes I have decided to retire,” Safer, 84, is quoted as saying in a story published on CBSNews.com. “It’s been a wonderful run, but the time has come to say goodbye to all of my friends at CBS and the dozens of people who kept me on the air.
“But most of all I thank the millions of people who have been loyal to our broadcast,” he adds.
CBS will pay tribute to the correspondent with a special, Morley Safer: A Reporter’s Life, airing Sunday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time, after 60 Minutes.
Safer became a regular on 60 Minutes in 1970, six years after joining the network and two years after the show debuted. His first report back then was about the training of U.S. Sky Marshals. His last report, which aired in March, was a profile of Danish architect Bjarke Ingels.
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