CBS has canceled 60 Minutes Plus from its tentpole streaming service Paramount Plus, putting an end to a title touted by the broadcaster as a premium exclusive.
According to The Verge, the company has announced that 60 Minutes Plus, a spin-off of its award-winning broadcast news magazine 60 Minutes, will no longer be produced.
Streaming of the series was only available for one, 30-episode season as of the cancellation announcement, Variety reported earlier, citing sources familiar with the situation. Earlier this week, Paramount Plus announced that all of the content produced by the series would remain on the platform.
“We are immensely proud of the team at 60 Minutes+ and of the stories they produced, which provided important information to the audience.”. Their journalism was recognized with multiple awards, including Gracies, National Headliners, and the NABJ Salute to Excellence. Paramount+ will continue to showcase the excellent work by the 60+ team.”
Paramount Plus will continue to emphasize news as a key component of its programming, Variety reported. 60 Minutes Plus employees are reportedly being helped to find new jobs within the company.
After the CBS All Access streaming service was rebranded as Paramount Plus, the series began last March.
The episodes ranged from 15 minutes to over 20 minutes in length, tackling topics such as the Capitol riot and the metaverse. Among the correspondents were Seth Doane, Wesley Lowery, Enrique Acevedo, and Laurie Segall.
The 60 Minutes webcast 60MinutesOvertime.com gives viewers access to behind-the-scenes footage and archival programming.
NBC never commented on the decision to kill the standalone streaming version of the program, 60 Minutes Plus.