CBS TV Stations executives Peter Dunn and David Friend are out at CBS, a few months after both were accused of abusive workplace behavior. CBS said in a statement: “Peter Dunn, president of the CBS Television Stations, and David Friend, SVPof news for the stations group, will not return to their positions and will be leaving the company. On an interim basis, Bryon Rubin will continue to run the stations group while Kim Godwin will continue her oversight of stations’ news operations until new leadership is in place.”
Four days after CBS put two of its local television executives on administrative leave for alleged racist and sexist conduct, the ViacomCBS-owned company has instigated an external investigation into the potentially damning matter. “We are committed to creating a company culture that is diverse, equitable and inclusive for all of members of our CBS and ViacomCBS community,” said Entertainment Group boss George Cheeks in an email to CBS Stations staff on Friday.
Two of CBS’s two top local TV executives were placed on administrative leave Monday night after the Los Angeles Times raised issues about their conduct over the weekend in a two-part report that examined their treatment of women and people of color at specific TV stations, among other allegations. Peter Dunn, president of the CBS Television Stations, and David Friend, SVP of news for the stations, were placed on the leave “pending the results of a third-party investigation,” CBS said.
CBS Local Digital has continued to spin up new OTT channels despite the coronavirus-prompted remote working shift. Executives say months of close collaboration between CBSN, the network’s streaming arm, and CBS Television Stations’ digital team allowed the group to stay on its charted course.
The annual NewsTECHForum from TVNewsCheck and Sports Video Group will begin Dec. 14. A gathering of leading TV station group news executives will address operational and technical challenges that news pros face in covering stories, particularly big breaking stories, as well as how local TV news can compete with — and take advantage of — digital media. The TV Station Group Perspective panel features Scott Livingston, VP of news, Sinclair; Barbara Maushard, VP of news, Hearst; Bart Feder, VP of news, Tribune Broadcasting; and David Friend, SVP, news, CBS TV Stations. For more information on NewsTECHForum and to register, click here.