There is an update in the investigation into CBS Stations President Peter Dunn and Senior Vice President of News David Friend. Back in January, they were placed on administrative leave after accusations of racist, homophobic and sexist behavior. Wednesday, it was announced they are not returning; CBS2's Jessica Moore reports.
- We have an update in the investigation into CBS Station's President Peter Dunn and Senior Vise President of News David Friend. Back in January, they were placed on administrative leave after accusations of racist, homophobic and sexist behavior. Which is today, it was announced they will not be returning.
- In an email to employees president and CEO of CBS Entertainment Group George Cheeks wrote, "We have determined that CBS Stations President Peter Dunn and SVP of News David Friend are not returning to their positions and will be leaving the company." Adding, "I want to be very clear that the external investigation is not over and will continue."
Following a January Los Angeles Times story alleging sexism, racism and homophobia by CBS executives Dunn and Friend, the two who ran 28 local CBS Stations were placed on administrative leave. The article focused largely on CBS Station KYW-TV in Philadelphia. Reviewing allegations that Dunn and Friend cultivated a hostile work environment that included bullying female managers, and blocking efforts to hire and retain black journalists.
According to administrative filings obtained by the L.A. Times, anchor Ukee Washington, a 30 year veteran at KYW, was a victim of Dunn's disparaging insults. Former employees told the Times, Dunn frequently belittled Washington referring to him as just a jive guy. He's also accused of calling one morning anchor candidate "too gay" for Philadelphia.
Friend, Dunn's right hand man also the news director for WCBS in New York, was accused of being verbally abusive in the workplace. Don Champion, a former WCBS freelance reporter, told CBS back in January, he was warned of problems at WCBS-TV before starting in 2013.
DON CHAMPION: My agent warned me, "Be careful, you're gay, black and the man--"
- Champion wondered.
DON CHAMPION: How many other lives and careers they've ruined? I mean, these are two very, very powerful men in the TV News industry.
- Peter Dunn's attorney said we are disappointed in the ruling, but CBS has not found any wrongdoing in relation to Peter Dunn. The termination is without cause and Peter continues to be paid according to his contract. We hope that in the future, he will be fully exonerated.
Wednesday, night CBS said, "While we won't comment on the specifics of an ongoing investigation, it is clear to us that this action is appropriate and necessary at this time. Any decision regarding termination for "Cause" will be made at the conclusion of the investigation."
- Both men oversaw WCBS-TV here in New York, and again this investigation is ongoing. And Attorney for David Friend has not gotten back to us but in a prior statement in January, Friend told the Times comments about employees or prospective hires were only based on performance or qualifications not about race or gender.