The head of NBC will exit the company months before his scheduled retirement as an inquiry into sexual harassment at the network continues.
Andy Lack is accused of failing to respond appropriately to multiple harassment scandals to hit NBC.
Head of NBC leaves as investigation continues
The New York attorney general’s office launched an investigation into NBC late last year.
According to Variety, investigators are looking into:
- sexual harassment,
- gender discrimination,
- and retaliation against employees who made complaints,
in addition to retaliation against journalists who reported misconduct allegations against Matt Lauer and Harvey Weinstein.
At least six women interviewed
Variety spoke to three women interviewed for the investigation, in addition to having knowledge of another three.
For example, former high-profile anchor Megyn Kelly made a statement, as well as news anchor Linda Vester.
Vester accused Tom Brokaw of misconduct in 2018.
She told Variety:
“They asked me to recount my original experience, and wanted to know a lot about the retaliation after I told the Brokaw story and what I thought might be Andy Lack’s involvement in it.”
Production assistant Addie Zinone, who accused Today presenter Matt Lauer of harassment, also cooperated with the investigation.
Additionally, two women who made complaints about inappropriate behaviour at the hands of Hardball host Chris Matthews also spoke with investigators.
Lack also accused of misconduct
Andy Lack himself has also been accused of inappropriate conduct.
Ever since he “killed” Ronan Farrow’s explosive Harvey Weinsten sexual assault expose, there have been calls for a change of leadership at NBC.
The New Yorker eventually published Farrow’s story, which went on to win a Pulitzer Prize.
No excuse for sexual harassment
Industrial advocate Miles Heffernan says there is no excuse for sexual harassment.
“Everyone has the right to a safe workplace free of discrimination, sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour,” he said.
“If you experience this sort of unlawful conduct, please get in contact with us because we can help.”
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