Arthur Bloom

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Arthur Bloom (born April 19, 1942 in Manhattan , † January 28, 2006 in Hudson , NY ) was an American television director and founder of the newscast 60 Minutes .


Bloom began his career at CBS in the 1960s as a courier. He later moved to the news department as secretary and soon became a member of the Directors Guild of America . He received his first duties as a director at the age of 21. From 1962 to 1965 he worked for WCBS-TV, the CBS broadcaster in New York. In 1966 Bloom became a director of CBS News and in 1968 he was appointed director and producer for 60 Minutes . Bloom spent a total of 45 years with CBS television, with most of his time devoted to the news program 60 Minutes . He influenced some of the show's basic elements, starting with the famous ticking stopwatch. The stopwatch was updated almost imperceptibly every few years. Bloom also helped to develop and implement the graphic concept for 60 Minutes as a magazine.

Bloom died of cancer, leaving behind his wife and two children.


  • 1973 Directors Guild of America (DGA) - 60 Minutes
  • 1976 - Directors Guild of America (DGA) - Reporting Democratic and Republican Congregations
  • 1995 Directors Guild of America (DGA) Lifetime Achievement Award in News Direction

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