CBS News executives said Wednesday that they're done with paying license fees for photos in exchange for exclusive interviews. The network's policy change follows ABC's recent declaration that they were doing away with the practice.
"We've had people approach us at 60 Minutes regularly who say we want money for pictures, we want you to pay for video," CBS News chairman Jeff Fager told reporters during the network's appearance at the Television Critics Association tour in Beverly Hills. "We won't do it. I know it's happened in stories in the past. For a certain sum, a small fee, pictures become available. I'm against it, I'm against it for our organization."
Fager's comments come as lawyers for Casey Anthony are said to be seeking as much as $1.5 million from networks for an exclusive interview with the "Tot Mom" now cleared of charges of killing her 2-year-old daughter.
"Others want to do it?" Fager continued. "Fine. There are so many stories out there to tell. We don't need to get involved in that line of work. It goes against everything it stands for."
Fager also addressed the loss of Katie Couric as the host of "CBS Evening News."Read More »from CBS News chairman on paying for interviews: ‘We won’t do it’