CBS TV Stations Boss Peter Dunn Out After Accusations of Racist and Sexist Behavior
CBS TV Stations executives Peter Dunn and David Friend visit CBS a few months after they were both charged with workplace abuse.
"Peter Dunn, President of CBS Television Networks, and David Friend, Senior Vice President of News for the group, will not be returning to their positions and leaving the company. In the meantime, Bryon Rubin will continue to lead the station group, while Kim Godwin will continue to oversee the stations' intelligence operations until a new leadership is established, "CBS said in a statement.
Both Dunn and Friend were taken on administrative leave in January, following a report in the Los Angeles Times listing several allegations of abusive workplace behavior. CBS hired a third party to investigate the allegations.
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CBS continued in its statement: “The external investigation into the management of CBS television networks, conducted by Keisha-Ann Gray at Proskauer Rose, is ongoing. We are grateful to those who have shared their experience and knowledge with the investigators so far. CBS is committed to ensuring a safe, inclusive and respectful workplace where all voices are heard, claims investigated and appropriate action taken if necessary. "
In January, the LA Times reported extensively on allegations of abusive behavior on CBS-owned television stations by five women who had previously worked for the company and former executive director of CBS TV Stations, Brien Kennedy. According to the women, Dunn and "a first lieutenant maintained a hostile work environment in which female managers were bullied and efforts to hire and retain black journalists were blocked."
Dunn was also named for receiving high-quality privileges under a purchase agreement for a Long Island television station and for repeatedly posting racist and sexist comments on several black on-air talent on local stations. The women also described being bullied by Dunn in incidents that allegedly occurred between 2017 and 2019.
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People who spoke to the LA Times criticized CBS for keeping Dunn and another senior executive "despite allegations of serious misconduct."
"This entire process is sometimes painful and emotional, but an important step forward in fulfilling our promise of a safe, inclusive, respectful and fair workplace for all of us," said CBS CEO George Cheeks in an internal email on Wednesday to the employees. “I would like to thank you and all of your dedicated and talented colleagues at CBS Stations who have continued to do an excellent job over the past two months under difficult circumstances. I am really grateful for all of your efforts and your remarkable professionalism. "
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