Two CBS TV executives are fired during a workplace investigation

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CBS has dismissed two top executives amid an investigation into claims they created a hostile work environment, and one was accused of calling one black TV host “ just a jive man ” and saying another was “ too gay for Philadelphia. ” .

Staff were told Wednesday that Peter Dunn, president of the CBS Television Stations, and David Friend, senior vice president for news on the stations, were no longer employed by CBS.

Dunn and Friend were suspended in January after an outside investigation was launched into claims of a hostile work environment for female and black workers in news operations in some of CBS’s largest individual stations.

The investigation was started following a report in the Los Angeles Times describing the allegations made by employees of the local stations of the CBS.

CBS CEO George Cheeks sent an email to staff on Wednesday announcing that the company had severed ties with top executives before closing the investigation.

Peter Dunn

David friend

David friend

Staff were told Wednesday that Peter Dunn, president of the CBS Television Stations, and David Friend, senior vice president for news on the stations, were no longer employed by CBS.

“Peter Dunn, chairman of the CBS television stations, and David Friend, senior vice president of News for the Stations group, will not return to their position and will leave the company,” he said.

Cheeks added that the probe “ is not over and will continue ” and said he appreciated the workers who had already spoken to investigators.

He did not say what the investigation had revealed so far.

“This whole process, while painful and emotional at times, is an important step forward in delivering on our promise of a safe, inclusive, respectful and fair workplace for all of us,” said Cheeks.

CBS has since defended its decision to cut ties with Dunn and Friend before closing the investigation.

“While we will not go into the details of an ongoing investigation, it is clear to us that this action is appropriate and necessary at this point,” a CBS spokesperson said in a statement.

“Any decision about termination for ‘good cause’ will be made at the end of the investigation.”

Dunn and Friend have both previously denied any wrongdoing.

Dunn’s attorney has said his client has fallen victim to a cancellation culture.

“There are no findings of any misconduct by Peter Dunn,” said his lawyer. “The situation has gotten to the point where they make him a scapegoat. In this heightened time of not wanting to offend anyone, lives and reputations are sacrificed. ‘

Dunn and Friend were suspended in January after an outside investigation was launched into claims of a hostile work environment for female and black workers in news operations in some of CBS's largest individual stations.

Dunn and Friend were suspended in January after an outside investigation was launched into claims of a hostile work environment for female and black workers in news operations in some of CBS's largest individual stations.

Dunn and Friend were suspended in January after an outside investigation was launched into claims of a hostile work environment for female and black workers in news operations in some of CBS’s largest individual stations.

One of the allegations under investigation is that Dunn referred to Philadelphia anchor Ukee Washington (pictured above) as `` just a jive man '' and ridiculed his on-air dance moves.

One of the allegations under investigation is that Dunn referred to Philadelphia anchor Ukee Washington (pictured above) as `` just a jive man '' and ridiculed his on-air dance moves.

One of the allegations under investigation is that Dunn referred to Philadelphia anchor Ukee Washington (pictured above) as “ just a jive man ” and ridiculed his on-air dance moves.

Dozens of current and former employees of CBS TV stations from Los Angeles to New York had complained about a hostile work environment that allegedly plagued female executives and blocked attempts to hire and retain black journalists.

Since 2009, Dunn has headed 28 stations owned and operated by CBS in major cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago.

In 2010, Dunn promoted Friend, who led new operations at WCBS-TV in New York, to head of the network’s local newsrooms around the country.

Among the allegations under investigation is that Dunn referred to Philadelphia anchor Ukee Washington as “ just a jive guy ” and ridiculed his on-air dance moves.

He also reportedly wondered if a potential anchor performance candidate was “too gay for Philadelphia.”

The then head of the editorial office in Philadelphia, Margaret Cronan, eventually quit because she couldn’t tolerate the culture.

She claimed that Friend belittled her in meeting other senior executives by asking her if she was “ a (curse) idiot ” and that her attempts to hire black male reporters were quashed.

After the impeachment of both Dunn and Friend, Cronan said, “I prayed that CBS executives would make this decision, and I’m relieved they did.

There is still a lot of work to be done, but with these two individuals there is promise in the offing. There’s hope – and that’s something those who worked in that division of CBS haven’t felt in a long time. ‘