×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

NBC News Chief Addresses Brokaw Allegations, Says Internal Review Nears End

The top executive at NBC News reiterated that the Comcast-owned operation takes allegations of sexual harassment seriously in the wake of charges levied by a former NBC News employee at legendary anchor Tom Brokaw, and signaled that a review of how the unit handled accusations made against former “Today” co-anchor Matt Lauer was nearing an end.

“As you have all seen now in reports from last night, there are allegations against Tom Brokaw, made by a former NBC News journalist, which Tom emphatically denies,” said Andrew Lack, chairman of NBC News and MSNBC, in a memo to employees. “As we’ve shown, we take allegations such as these very seriously, and act on them quickly and decisively when the facts dictate.” He did not offer any assessment of the accusations levied against Brokaw,  a day after Variety and the Washington Post reported allegations that former NBC Nightly News nachor made unwanted sexual advances to former NBC News anchor Linda Vester in the mid-1990s.

Brokaw denied the allegations strongly in a letter sent to colleagues Friday and released to select reporters by NBC News. Brokaw noted that his accuser, Linda Vester, had a reputation “as a colleague who had trouble with the truth” and asserted that she was the instigator of the two private meetings that she describes in her account to the two publications. “I was ambushed and then perp walked across the pages of The Washington Post and Variety as an avatar of male misogyny, taken to the guillotine and stripped of any honor and achievement I had earned in more than a half century of journalism and citizenship,” Brokaw wrote.

An attorney for Vester has said she stands by her allegations.

Lack also disclosed that NBCUniversal’s review of its handling of Matt Lauer'[s departure “is nearing its conclusion, and we will have finding and further steps to share with you as soon as next week.”

He said the review, unveiled in early December just days after Lauer was dismissed from “Today” due to what NBC said was “inappropriate sexual behavior,” has included interviews with employees of “Today” and other NBC News operations.  Lack said NBC News has also conducted what he called a “substantial culture assessment conducted with hundreds of employees”  and has run –“mandatory in-person workplace training sessions” that have included 1600 employees, with all 2000 NBC News staffers slated to be trained by the end of the summer.

Lack told staffers “our highest priority is to ensure we have a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected. We are absolutely committed to making this a reality–there can be no exception.”

 

Popular on Variety

More TV

  • ALL RISE -- A drama that

    TV Review: 'All Rise' Starring Simone Missick

    Finding a new way to do a legal procedural is such a difficult prospect at this point that it would be hard to blame TV for giving up entirely and just going on autopilot. “All Rise,” however, both indulges the basics of the genre and finds some refreshing ways to twist them into slightly new, [...]

  • An Emmy statue stands outside the

    Expect High Heat and Traffic for Emmys Sunday

    If you work in TV, are a fan of TV, or are in fact a TV yourself, the 71st Primetime Emmys promise to be a treat. Television’s biggest awards show takes place in Los Angeles on Sunday night, with some of Hollywood’s brightest stars set to appear as the entertainment community honors the best of [...]

  • Roma Cinematography

    'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' and 'Roma' Win LMGI Awards for Motion Pictures

    Two major 2018 releases – actioner “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” and critics’ darling “Roma” – were honored for film location work by the Location Managers Guild International at a ceremony this evening at the Eli & Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica. The 6th Annual LMGI Awards also recognized “Chernobyl” and “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” [...]

  • Viacom Channels Grab 'Seinfeld' Cable Rerun

    Viacom Channels Grab 'Seinfeld' Cable Rerun Rights

    Viacom has sealed a deal with Sony Pictures Television for the cable rights to “Seinfeld” starting in October 2021. The deal comes on the heels of a blockbuster new deal between Sony and Netflix for the streaming rights to the beloved NBC sitcom that also begins in 2021. “Seinfeld” reruns have been a staple of [...]

  • Soho House

    Soho House Lands In Downtown Los Angeles

    Warner Music, Spotify and Lyft are poised to welcome a new neighbor to downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District with Soho Warehouse, the third California outpost of the Hollywood-loved members-only club — and the largest North American opening to date. Hot on the heels of the Soho House Hong Kong debut earlier this summer, the private [...]

  • Elite Season 2

    San Sebastian: Spain’s SVOD Players Debate Competition, Brand, Talent

    SAN SEBASTIAN  — Executives from HBO, Netflix, Amazon and Movistar+ and “Elite” co-creator Darío Madrona took to the stage to field questions on the Global Impact of Spanish Series. Here, briefly, are five takeaways: 1.Spain First “La Casa de Papel” was watched by 34,355,956 Netflix accounts over its first seven days,  after a July 19 [...]

  • Samsung Makes Bid to Keep Viewers

    Samsung Makes Bid to Keep Viewers From Skipping Fox Ad Breaks

    Fox is hoping to knit together the seconds-long divide between a TV program and the commercials that support it. During ad breaks for a few football broadcasts, tomorrow’s run of the Emmys and Wednesday’s season premiere of “The Masked Singer,” the network will kick off ad sessions with special show promos that display artistic renderings [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content