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CBS Misconduct Investigation Sees Two TV Station Managers Fired

Jay Howell, who supervised KCBS and KCAL in Los Angeles, and Derek Dalton, head of WBBM in Chicago, have departed their positions with the network.

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CBS has wrapped up an investigation into allegations of workplace conduct at local outlets, and the network will see changes to its Los Angeles and Chicago stations.

The Wrap reports that CBS is dismissing two senior managers at its television stations. Jay Howell, who supervised KCBS and KCAL in Los Angeles, and Derek Dalton, head of WBBM in Chicago, have departed their positions with the network.

Dalton and Howell’s firing is the latest in the exits at the company with two senior CBS Television Stations executives. 

The company also showed President Peter Dunn and SVP David Friend the door following a report from the Los Angeles Times earlier this year which detailed allegations of abusive behavior from five women who used to work for the network. 

CBS president and CEO George Cheeks wrote a memo to his staff that the third party had concluded its investigation. 

“I want to thank every employee who spoke with the investigators to share their experiences. Your candor and perspective were invaluable, and I appreciate the courage it took for you to come forward,” Cheeks wrote. 

“This has been a difficult period for everyone in the group. The investigation cited painful revelations about experiences that we cannot tolerate today or in the future.”

Meanwhile, Wendy McMahon, president, and co-head of CBS News and Stations touched what lies next for the Los Angeles and Chicago stations as their search for new leadership begins. 

“While acknowledging the range of emotions from the past few months, today is an opportunity for all of us to look forward,” McMahon said in a statement. 

“George, Neeraj [Khemlani, president co-head of CBS News and Stations] and I are committed to leading with transparency, respect, and inclusion…to cultivating a spirit of collaboration and innovation…to doing the right thing for our united organization and teams as we reimagine our brands and businesses during a time of tremendous change.”

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Chris Licht: I Don’t Want CNN To Be Vanilla

During an interview with the Financial Times, Licht opened up regarding the changes to come and revealed his strategy for rebranding CNN

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Changes continue at CNN, but as departures and lineup shuffling to mold the cable news channel into Chris Licht’s vision, the new boss says that the network won’t be more “centrist.”

During an interview with the Financial Times, Licht opened up regarding the changes to come and revealed his strategy for rebranding CNN, as he’s in charge of revitalizing the network and cutting costs.

“One of the biggest misconceptions about my vision is that I want to be vanilla, that I want to be centrist. That is bulls–t,” Licht said.

“You have to be compelling. You have to have edge. In many cases you take a side. Sometimes you just point out uncomfortable questions. But either way you don’t see it through a lens of left or right.”

While Licht is now in charge the same report stated that many who were brought to CNN by Jeff Zucker still have a sense of loyalty to the former president, who exited the network after revealing a consensual relationship with a fellow executive.

“Licht has no superpower, not like Zucker,” an unnamed CNN executive said. 

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Will Cain: Bob Iger Will Take Stand on ‘Progressive Values’

“Fox & Friends Weekend” co-host Will Cain discussed what the return of Bob Iger means for Disney

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Over the weekend, it was announced that Bob Iger would be returning to the Walt Disney Company to run once again the media empire, which was a shocking decision to some.

Bob Chapek, who replaced Iger in 2020 as CEO, is stepping down immediately as Iger returns to the position after a two-year absence. Many news media outlets are discussing the change, such as Fox News.

Former ESPN employee and current “Fox & Friends Weekend” co-host Will Cain discussed what the changes mean at the parent company for the sports network he used to do a radio show on and morning television. 

“I think Iger is a strong voice. I think Iger will take a strong stand on whatever it is he believes,” Cain said Monday on “America’s Newsroom.”

“But what he believes is really progressive values. That’s what will drive Disney’s decisions. I believe Iger would have stood up in Florida. He just would have stood up against Ron DeSantis. He will be for the continued woke-ification of Disney.”

Investors are elated by the news of Iger’s return as it sent Disney shares up 9 percent Monday after the stock lost roughly 36 percent of its value this year.

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NewsNation Takes Dig at CNN With Billboard

The 15-foot by 70-foot billboard has pictures of NewsNation primetime host

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NewsNation wants to compete with CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC in the cable news and it seems as though they are not afraid to strike when one of their competitors deals with several layoffs.

Under new boss Chris Licht, CNN has seen several people exit the network, from executives to those who work in different departments, such as the audio content. 

Nonetheless, it allowed for NewsNation to take a dig at their news rival as the Nexstar Media Group’s cable news network has mounted a billboard near CNN’s Atlanta facility that announces “we’re hiring” (h/t Next TV).

The 15-foot by 70-foot billboard has pictures of NewsNation primetime host Chris Cuomo (who left CNN last year), Ashleigh Banfield (who anchored for CNN and HLN), and Dan Abrams. 

NewsNation, which is based in Chicago, is currently constructing studios in New York and Washington, D.C. The cable news channel plans to hire at least 100 additional staff members in the coming year and air news programming 24 hours a day by 2024.

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