On the eve of CBS' umpteenth relaunch of its morning show, 60
Minutes executive producer Don Hewitt recalled last week describing his
network's effort to get something going there as "a $30 million picture frame
[without] a picture."
The reference was to the new Early Show studio CBS built at the south
end of New York's Central Park.
Hewitt, speaking at a seminar at New York's Lamb Theater, said he got a call
from Viacom Inc. president Mel Karmazin afterward.
Hewitt's characterization of the show was "dead wrong," said Karmazin. "It
was closer to $40 million."