CBS’s Investigation Into What Went Wrong in Les Moonves Era Hits Snags

From left, Charlie Rose, Leslie Moonves and Jeff Fager left CBS amid misconduct allegations. Two law firms are investigating, and have interviewed more than 200 current and former CBS employees. (Credit: Andy Kropa/Invision, via Associated Press; Mike Blake/Reuters; Brad Barket/Getty Images)ssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
From left, Charlie Rose, Leslie Moonves and Jeff Fager left CBS amid misconduct allegations. Two law firms are investigating, and have interviewed more than 200 current and former CBS employees. (Credit: Andy Kropa/Invision, via Associated Press; Mike Blake/Reuters; Brad Barket/Getty Images)

The #MeToo movement may have affected the CBS Corporation more than any other mass media company over the past year. After The New Yorker and The Washington Post published articles detailing accusations against high-ranking men at the network, CBS parted ways with Leslie Moonves, its chief executive; Jeff Fager, the longtime executive producer of “60 Minutes”; and Charlie Rose, one of its best known anchors.

On Aug. 1 — nearly nine months after the network fired Mr. Rose and five days after The New Yorker published its first exposé about Mr. Moonves and the network’s news division — the CBS Corporation board announced that it had hired two law firms, Covington & Burling and Debevoise & Plimpton, to conduct a companywide investigation. In addition to examining allegations involving Mr. Moonves and CBS News, the inquiry would also explore “cultural issues at all levels of CBS.”

Since then, investigators have spoken with more than 250 people with pertinent information and have scheduled interviews with others, a CBS spokesman said in a statement to The New York Times.

Here is a look at how the investigation is proceeding.

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SOURCE: Rachel Abrams
The New York Times