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Why Mike Wallace Never Interviewed Willie Nelson

In addition to last night’s hour-long look back at the life and work of Mike Wallace, “60 Minutes” Overtime has dozens of extras, including the thoughts of producers, editors, assistants and even the show’s make-up artist who worked alongside the “60 Minutes” original, including this from Josh Howard, who spent 13 years at “60 Minutes,” six of them producing for Wallace.

I was sitting at my desk one day when Mike walked into my office and said, “How about doing a piece about Willie Nelson?” At least, that’s what I thought he had said. It wasn’t the kind of story I usually produced, but I figured it would be a nice change from the more serious stuff. I said, “Sure, but what got you interested in Willie Nelson?”

He looked at me like I was a fly in his soup (one of his favorite expressions.) “WILLIE NELSON? WHY THE F— WOULD I WANT TO DO WILLIE NELSON? WHAT I SAID WAS, ‘WINNIE’ AND ‘NELSON.’ YOU KNOW, MANDELA. POSSIBLY YOU HAVE HEARD OF THEM?”

FishbowlDC reports on what — or rather who — was left out of the “60 Minutes special.

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Rather Case Back in Court Tomorrow

DRather_4.13.jpgDan Rather‘s case against CBS, now in its 19th month, is back in court tomorrow.

The most recent filings are related to the release of more internal documents in the case going back to the flawed 2004 “60 Minutes II” report on George W. Bush’s National Guard service, including those involving Josh Howard, the executive producer of the show at the time. Howard resigned from CBS in March 2005 after the results of an independent investigation into the Rather report.

The original lawsuit against CBS Corp. and Viacom was filed in Sept. 2007. Last April, Judge Ira Gammerman dismissed the core of the case leaving the contract dispute intact – whether Rather was utilized appropriately in the remaining months of his CBS career.

The hearing is set for 2pmET tomorrow. We’ll have an update when it wraps up.

Josh Howard to Leave CNBC

Howard_12.3.jpgBroadcasting & Cable’s Marisa Guthrie reports CNBC VP of long form Josh Howard, is leaving the network. Guthrie reports Howard’s three-year contract expires next week and with cuts looming at CNBC, “he declined to seek” a new deal.

Howard joined CNBC in December 2005, nine months after he left CBS News. As EP of 60 Minutes II, Howard was at the helm when Dan Rather‘s report on George W. Bush‘s National Guard service aired.

Who’s Scared Shitless at CNBC?

In this week’s Broadcasting & Cable cover story, Marisa Guthrie writes about the challenges facing CNBC. Despite record ratings due to months of Wall Street volatility, managers are now involved in “the messy business of trimming the network’s budget.”

…the network is now in the process of slashing as much as 10% from its budget. People at the network, says one staffer, “are scared s—less.”

CNBC’s longform unit has already been downsized from 25 to about a dozen, Guthrie writes. The Emmy-winning unit is headed former 60 Minutes II executive producer Josh Howard. And, Guthrie writes, “there is equivocation about The Big Idea [with Donny Deutsch], according to sources. The show has struggled to grow its audience despite some recent retooling, and there have been conversations about canceling the show.”