Robert ( Bob ) Chandler, former Variety radio and tv reporter and one of the creator’s of “60 Minutes”, the CBS “newsmagazine”, died on Thursday (Dec. 11), at his home, in Pittsfield, Mass. He was 80 years old and died of heart failure, according to his son, Doug.
Chandler worked for Variety in the late 50’s, early 60’s and was hired by MGM, as a p.r. director, for its tv division. In 1963, he joined CBS and helped create “60 Minutes”, which is still on the air, after more then 40 years.
Chandler was born in Brooklyn, served in the U.S.Army and is survived by his wife and two sons.