With a consolidation of CBS’ News and Stations divisions already underway, the community has now additionally completed its long external probe into varied allegations of racist and abusive conduct at native shops – and alter is coming to the City of Angels and the Windy City ASAP and extra, promise execs.
“After six months of an extremely thorough and exhaustive review of our organization and culture, I am writing to let you know the external investigation into leadership at our Stations has concluded and, as a result, we will be seeking new general managers for our Los Angeles and Chicago stations,” stated Wendy McMahon in an e mail simply despatched out to workers at this time.
Based on the findings of the Proskauer Rose legislation agency performed investigation, Jay Howell in LA and Derek Dalton in Chicago have been pink slipped from their common supervisor roles within the respective markets. Veteran Howell was promoted to his now former gig in 2019. Previously VP and common supervisor of WHEC, the NBC affiliate in Rochester, NY, Dalton made the transfer to the large league Chicago market in 2018.
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CBS News and Stations president and co-head McMahon added in her notice that “we will begin our search for new leaders in Los Angeles and Chicago immediately and I will keep you posted as we move forward.”
(READ MCMAHON’S FULL EMAIL BELOW)
In that vein, just a few days ago, Johnny Green Jr. was named president and common supervisor of CBS News and Television Stations companies in New York City, overseeing WCBS-TV, WLNY-TV, CBSN New York and CBSNewYork.com. That transfer comes after McMahon and Neeraj Khemlani had been anointed as presidents and co-heads of CBS News and CBS Television Stations in May.
Looking ahead and within the rearview, CBS Entertainment Group boss George Cheeks additionally despatched out a company notice Thursday providing the large POV on the lengthy festering subject on the native stations and in any other case.
“This has been a difficult period for everyone in the group,” stated Cheeks. “The investigation cited painful revelations about experiences that we cannot tolerate today or in the future.”
“While the investigation largely looked at events in the past, and the issues revealed were more pronounced in certain areas and at specific stations than others, there are clear themes that we need to address moving forward: our diversity, equity and inclusion standards need to be a top priority for leadership in every corner of our Stations business; our workplace culture needs to measurably improve; and, your trust needs to be restored with your CBS leaders,” he added with “several steps” outlined within the correspondence. (Bold emphasis in Cheeks’ authentic e mail)
“This is just a start – our first steps,” Cheeks said to staffers.
“The development of an operational culture focused on success, and steeped in values of inclusion, fairness and respect, will be a continuing journey on which we will all be accountable – from leadership to our newest colleague.”
(READ CHEEKS FULL EMAIL BELOW)
In a sample seen earlier than, this newest scandal at CBS has resulted in quite a few exits in hope of recent beginnings.
Accused earlier this yr of fostering a company tradition wherein feminine managers had been bullied and Black journalists had been denied alternatives, longtime CBS Television Stations execs Peter Dunn and David Friend had been proven the door in April, a number of months after the probe began. Dunn was president of the division and Friend was SVP of News
READ WENDY MCMAHON’S FULL EMAIL TO CBS STATIONS STAFF HERE:
This is a vital day for all of us at CBS Stations.
After six months of an especially thorough and exhaustive overview of our group and tradition, I’m writing to let you realize the exterior investigation into management at our Stations has concluded and, because of this, we will probably be looking for new common managers for our Los Angeles and Chicago stations.
I need to thank everybody who took the time to speak to the investigators. Your care and concern on your colleagues…and your braveness…have enabled us to maneuver ahead.
Our future relies on our capability to cleared the path in native information and to attach deeply with the communities we serve. Over the previous weeks, I’ve been assembly with every of our station management groups, elevating content material, tradition and neighborhood as our priorities throughout CBS Stations. Our success is simply doable if we come collectively and begin rewriting the long run we would like for our stations now. It is simply doable if leaders at each stage of the group share the identical dedication…the identical values and priorities.
While acknowledging the vary of feelings from the previous few months, at this time is a chance for all of us to look ahead. George, Neeraj and I are dedicated to main with transparency, respect and inclusion…to cultivating a spirit of collaboration and innovation…to doing the precise factor for our united group and groups as we reimagine our manufacturers and companies throughout a time of large change.
We will start our seek for new leaders in Los Angeles and Chicago instantly and I’ll hold you posted as we transfer ahead. In the meantime, I do know at the present time could also be tough for a lot of of you. Please don’t hesitate to achieve out to your division head, Human Resources or me if there’s something we will do to help you.
READ GEORGE CHEEKS FULL EMAIL TO CBS STATIONS STAFF HERE:
CBS Stations Colleagues – I’m writing to let you realize that the exterior investigation into allegations of misconduct by management on the Stations group has concluded.
I need to thank each worker who spoke with the investigators to share their experiences. Your candor and perspective had been invaluable, and I admire the braveness it took so that you can come ahead. We had been dedicated from the outset to making sure each voice can be heard, with out worry of retribution, regardless of how lengthy the method took.
This has been a tough interval for everybody within the group. The investigation cited painful revelations about experiences that we can not tolerate at this time or sooner or later.
While the investigation largely checked out occasions previously, and the problems revealed had been extra pronounced in sure areas and at particular stations than others, there are clear themes that we have to handle transferring ahead: our variety, fairness and inclusion requirements should be a high precedence for management in each nook of our Stations enterprise; our office tradition must measurably enhance; and, your belief must be restored along with your CBS leaders.
Several steps have already been taken on this route:
• We have established new management on the Stations group and have already made vital modifications within the high three markets.
• Johnny Green is now our devoted common supervisor at WCBS/New York, separate from the Stations’ central workforce.
• We have refocused our native priorities on content material, tradition and neighborhood connections, with particular consideration being paid to reflecting and representing our native audiences. This method contains weaving the CBS News’ Race and Culture Unit into our neighborhood protection.
In addition, your HR colleagues will probably be reaching out to you within the coming weeks and months on how we’ll proceed this dialogue and essential work collectively.
This is only a begin – our first steps. The improvement of an operational tradition targeted on success, and steeped in values of inclusion, equity and respect, will probably be a seamless journey on which we’ll all be accountable – from management to our latest colleague.
Wendy, Neeraj and I are dedicated to incomes your belief – working with all of you and your native leaders to construct on the steps we’ve taken and obtain these vital targets collectively.
We are each a enterprise and a division in transition. Change is as fixed for us as it’s on the planet your information groups cowl. At the identical time, I’m very optimistic about our future. The integration of our News, Stations and Digital groups beneath your new dynamic leaders has the promise to drive development and level us towards a brighter future collectively. I’m assured we will all meet the problem of aligning these enterprise goals with our new cultural imperatives.
Thank you as all the time for caring on your colleagues and on your ardour and dedication in the whole lot you do at CBS.