CBS says '60 Minutes' exec Jeff Fager out for violating company policy

CBS says '60 Minutes' exec Jeff Fager out for violating company policy

CBS says '60 Minutes' exec Jeff Fager out for violating company policy

CBS correspondent Jericka Duncan spoke out Wednesday night about a text message exchange she had with "60 Minutes" executive producer Jeff Fager over the weekend that pushed Fager out of the company.

The two-paragraph internal memo from CBS News president David Rhodes, which was seen by Reuters, said that Fager's departure "is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports, which continue to be investigated independently".

His firing came only three days after the CBS Corp. board ousted the company's chief executive, Leslie Moonves, who was charged with sexual misconduct in the same New Yorker articles.

In a statement, Fager denied the allegations and added that the termination was unrelated to them.

His second-in-command, Bill Owens, has been put in charge temporarily. He acknowledged that his language in the text was "harsh", but said that "although journalists received harsh demands for fairness all the time, CBS didn't like it".

CBS has figured prominently in coverage of sexual harassment in the workplace.

The investigation into Fager by an outside law firm is not complete. "One such note should not result in termination after 36 years, but it did", Fager said. It was. I'll have more reporting on this tonight, ' she wrote on Twitter. "However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level", wrote Rhodes.

Now the reporter who received the message has revealed its contents.

Fager responded to Duncan's request for comment, a journalistic standard, with an angry response telling the reporter she would be "held responsible for harming me" if she repeated the allegations without her own reporting on the subject. In 2011 he was named the first ever chairman of CBS News, launching the current iteration of "CBS This Morning" during his tenure. The New Yorker report published Sunday presented a claim from a new accuser, an intern at CBS in the early 2000s, who says he "groped her" at one of the work parties.

But Farrow had numerous sources, including six former employees who said that "Fager, while inebriated at company parties, would touch employees in ways that made them uncomfortable".

That memo went on to state: '60 Minutes is the most significant news broadcast on television.

"Despite Charlie's important journalistic contribution to our news division, there is absolutely nothing more important, in this or any organization, than ensuring a safe, professional workplace - a supportive environment where people feel they can do their best work", Rhodes said in a memo past year.

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