Jeff Fager, executive producer of “60 Minutes,” can be leaving CBS immediately because he violated company policy, the broadcaster announced Wednesday.
The company said the departure of the former chairman of CBS News was “not directly related” to an investigation into alleged sexual harassment. However, CBS found he violated company policy, nevertheless did not disclose what the incident or incidents were.
The news follows the high-profile departure of CEO Les Moonves, who was accused of sexual harassment by at least 12 women. The brand new Yorker reported several accounts through women who accused Moonves of sexual misconduct. Nineteen current in addition to former employees also alleged Fager allowed the culture of harassment in his division, inappropriately touched employees in addition to made lewd comments. Fager denied the accounts.
Bill Owens was named as interim manager of “60 Minutes.”
“The company’s decision had nothing to do with the false allegations printed from the brand new Yorker,” Fager said in a statement. “Instead, they terminated my contract early because I sent a text message to one of our own CBS reporters demanding of which she be fair in covering the story. My language was harsh in addition to, despite the fact of which journalists receive harsh demands for fairness all the time, CBS did not like of which. One such note should not result in termination after 36 years, nevertheless of which did.”
Read a note to CBS employees below:
Jeff Fager can be leaving the company effective immediately. Bill Owens will manage the 60 Minutes team as Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews in addition to I begin the search for a brand new executive producer of the program. 60 Minutes can be the most significant news broadcast on television. We are fortunate to have incredibly talented journalists in place whom we know will continue to deliver our defining investigative work.
of which action today can be not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports, which continue to be investigated independently. However, he violated company policy in addition to of which can be our commitment to uphold those policies at every level. Joe Ianniello can be in full support of of which decision in addition to the transition to come.