Reaction to the death of retired CBS newsman Morley Safer

Morley Safer

Morley Safer, a celebrated television journalist known for his longtime role on the CBS program "60 Minutes", died Thursday at 84, the network announced. On Sunday, the network screened a special hour-long retrospective about Safer's career. According to CBS, he was in declining health at the time of his retirement, though a cause of death has not yet been revealed.

Safer also discussed his 1982 60 Minutes report that freed Lenell Geter, a black engineer wrongly convicted and sentenced to the life in prison in Texas.

"This is a very sad day for all of us at 60 minutes and CBS News". "He was a master storyteller, a gentleman, and a wonderful friend".

The programme recently ran a tribute for him and said he had the longest-ever run on USA prime-time television. Prior to joining "60 Minutes", Safer worked for CBS in Vietnam and was known for his 1965 report showing US Marines burning thatched huts in the village of Cam Ne.

On Sunday, Safer tweeted: "It's been a wonderful run, and I want to thank the millions of people who have been loyal to our @60Minutes broadcast".

Safer won 12 Emmys, three Overseas Press Club Awards, three Peabody Awards, two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, two George Polk Memorial Awards and the Paul White Award from the Radio/Television News Directors Association.

Safer, a Canadian, joined CBS News in London in 1964 and opened the network's Saigon bureau. His previous news stints included working with Reuters in London, with NBC News as a correspondent in London and Washington, and as a politics reporter for the BBC.

That August, "The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite" aired a report by Safer that rocked viewers, who, at that point, remained mostly supportive of the war effort in Vietnam. Safer wrote about his experience in Vietnam in a book released in 1990, Flashbacks: On Returning to Vietnam. The two of them were still flattering and baiting each other.

"No correspondent had more extraordinary range, from war reporting to coverage of every aspect of modern culture".

Safer told a CNN interviewer that he and prickly colleague Mike Wallace, who died in April 2012, were sometimes "like scorpions in a bottle" before their relationship mellowed.

"Morley Safer helped create the CBS News we know today".

The late Morley Safer is being remembered for a "remarkable career" that placed the veteran Canadian journalist on the front lines of landmark news events.

He is survived by his wife and daughter.

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