This Sunday, “60 Minutes” will broadcast a story chronicling The Times-Picayune’s decision to end daily publication last fall and transition to a digital news product, CBS announced Thursday.
“60 Minutes” correspondent Morley Safer visited New Orleans in September to do interviews for the segment, shooting footage inside the newspaper’s Howard Ave. newsroom and production facility.
In its preview description, CBS calls the story "The Paper:" It’s a sure sign of the digital times when the New Orleans Times-Picayune, published every day for 175 years, goes to a three-day-a-week publishing schedule. As Morley Safer reports, it’s a fate many more newspapers face as the Internet becomes the source of almost instantaneous news.
Among those interviewed for the story were Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who at the time tweeted a picture of Safer interviewing the mayor in his City Hall office. Landrieu was previoulsy profiled by the show, interviewed by correspondent Byron Pitts for a 2011 "60 Minutes" broadcast.
According to a NOLA.com post at the time by Times-Picayune TV columnist Dave Walker, editor Jim Amoss and former newspaper columnist Lolis Eric Elie were also interviewed.
"60 Minutes" airs Sunday, Jan. 6 at 6 p.m. on CBS and WWL-TV Channel 4.