Wednesday's HOT MIC
Today's media figure sexual harassment allegations scorecard is a busy one, and being dominated by the Matt Lauer story. But if we've learned anything, these things keep happening. Deadline Hollywood reports that NPR's Chief News Editor is stepping down:
NPR Chief News Editor David Sweeney has left the public broadcasting company amid sexual harassment allegations.
Chris Turpin, acting senior vice president of news, announced Sweeney’s departure in an an email to staff Tuesday.
“David Sweeney is no longer on staff,” Turpin wrote. “This is a difficult time for our newsroom and I’m committed to supporting all of you as we move forward. I know you appreciate that there are some questions I cannot answer in keeping with our practice to not comment on personnel issues, but I will do my best to address those I can.”
Sweeney’s departure follows a former internal review, after three current and former NPR journalists made formal complaints against him. Sweeney had been on paid administrative leave as NPR investigated the allegations.
This is the second scandal at NPR this month. Senior VP of news Michael Oreskes resigned under pressure after allegations were made against him.
That Hollywood is so rife with sleazebags really wasn't surprising. Who in the non-journalism world ever suspected the news business to be such an unsafe space for women though?
In case you missed it, the NY Times is now engaging in straight-up political activism on Twitter.
NYT Opinion put out similar tweets for a number of other GOP squish senators.
But it's okay, NYT defenders say, because it's NYT OPINION. They're allowed to engage in political advocacy. Apparently.
None of them are hiding it anymore, actually.
What the --?
I thought Olby was leaving political commentary for good?
That didn't include Twitter, I guess.
ESPN sent a memo to staffers that they are firing 150 employees.
Today we are informing approximately 150 people at ESPN that their jobs are being eliminated.
We appreciate their contributions, and will assist them as much as possible in this difficult moment with severance, a 2017 bonus, the continuation of health benefits and outplacement services. They will also appreciate your support.
The majority of the jobs eliminated are in studio production, digital content, and technology and they generally reflect decisions to do less in certain instances and re-direct resources.
We will continue to invest in ways which will best position us to serve the modern sports fan and support the success of our business.
The last round of 100 firings was mostly on-air talent. The cutbacks here appear to be due to slower than expected growth in streaming and mobile.
It should be stressed that the staff cuts are not only due to a reduction in viewers related to their mixing of sports and politics, but also the changing habits of American sports network consumers. People are not tuning in on TV and are failing to access the network's digital content.
Will there be an ESPN in 10 years? Certainly nothing we'd recognize from what the network is today.