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Two top CBS execs leave network amid investigation of toxic work culture

April 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Two top TV executives at CBS have left the network two months after being suspended for allegations that they created a toxic work culture which included racist and misogynistic behavior.

New York (CNN Business)Two top TV executives at CBS (VIAC) have left the network two months after being suspended for allegations that they created a toxic work culture which included racist and misogynistic behavior.

CBS placed Peter Dunn, president of CBS television stations, and David Friend, senior vice president of news for television stations, on leave in January following a Los Angeles Times investigation that included allegations that Dunn disparaged female and Black employees.

At the time, CBS said the allegations detailed in The Times are being investigated by a third-party.

Dunn and Friend "will not return to their positions and will be leaving the Company," CBS said in a statement Wednesday.

The Times first reported the news, citing an internal memo from CBS Entertainment Group CEO George Cheeks.

Dunn managed CBS' 28 TV stations, which together employ 2,800 workers, since 2009, according to The Times.

For The Times' January investigation, Dunn declined to comment on the allegations.

Friend said in a statement at the time that CBS has "a strong track record" of hiring and supporting women and people of color.

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