NEW YORK — The embattled CBS newsmagazine "60 Minutes Wednesday" is adding to its reporting roster, hiring Ed Gordon, known for landing high-profile interviews while an anchor at cable's BET channel, as a contributing correspondent.
Gordon's interview with Jamie Foxx, star of the new Ray Charles movie, "Ray," will air Wednesday. The 44-year-old interviewer is best known for his exclusive talk with O.J. Simpson in January 1996, just months after the former football star was acquitted in the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.
BET canceled Gordon's nightly program in December 2002. Since then, he has been a contributor to other TV programs and on radio, and recently interviewed Sen. John F. Kerry for BET, a channel targeted at an African American audience.
"60 Minutes Wednesday" has been under a cloud since September for using what turned out to be unverified documents in a report on President Bush's 1970s Texas military service. CBS apologized and has hired independent investigators to examine what went wrong. Their report could be released in weeks.