CBS fires 2 executives accused of fostering a hostile work environment

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CBS parted ways with top executives in its group of television stations amid an investigation into their conduct, the company said Wednesday. The executives, Television Stations Group president Peter Dunn, and David Friend, its senior vice president of news, were suspended in January following a Los Angeles Times report on allegations that the couple had fostered a hostile work environment.

In a memo to staff reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, CBS Entertainment Group Chief Executive George Cheeks did not say what the company’s investigation revealed. The Proskauer Rose LLP law firm is conducting the investigation, which Cheeks said is continuing. “This entire process, while sometimes painful and emotional, is an important step forward in fulfilling our promise of a safe, inclusive, respectful and equitable workplace for all of us,” Cheeks said in the staff memo. The Los Angeles Times report said Dunn and Friend mocked black talent on the air, intimidated female executives and fought efforts to hire and retain black journalists. CBS is a unit of ViacomCBS Inc. VIAC, -1.04%. An expanded version of this report appears on Also popular on Meet the highest paid CEO of the S&P 500, the $ 211 million man from Paycom. China’s Greenlandic ambitions collide with local politics and US influence.