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NBC internal report: Leadership did not know about Lauer behavior

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Freda Brock | 10 May, 2018, 14:32

An advocacy group aimed at preventing sexual misconduct in newsrooms says an NBC investigation into misconduct claims against former "Today" show host Matt LauerMatthew (Matt) Todd LauerAshley Judd files lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein NBC News chief: We take allegations against Brokaw "very seriously" Even for TV "royalty" Brokaw, "MeToo" claim is legacy-killer MORE doesn't go far enough.

NBC has concluded its investigation after Matt Lauer was sacked from the Today show in November due to alleged sexual misconduct in the workplace. But investigators also found credible that NBC News and Today show leadership did not know about his behavior. It included interviews with close to 70 current and former employees including former executives Steve Capus, who was president of NBC News when Ann Curry was ousted from Today in 2012, Jim Bell, who was Today's executive producer during the same period, and Pat Fili-Krushel, who ran the news division prior to Lack. We can not change the past.

NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack sent out a note to employees about creating a better environment for workers to feel more comfortable about coming forward with complaints.

NBC's decision to have the investigation led by its own general counsel drew criticism.

The team examining Lauer's conduct at NBC News acknowledges that the investigation may not have been complete because there could be "additional women who have complaints" who have not yet come forward.

The Comcast Corp. -owned news division released a seven-page report Wednesday detailing the findings of an internal investigation that included almost 70 interviews. We have already begun to turn the page to establish a safer and more respectful environment.

Two days later, NBC announced that Lauer had been fired. According to the Daily Mail, the report reveals that a "complainant alleged that Matt Lauer had engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace with her on several occasions in 2014".

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Game 6 of that series, if necessary, would be Friday in Philadelphia, with a potential Game 7 scheduled for Sunday back in Boston. This one is going to be a tough, uphill battle but you know the series victor is likely a heavy favorite in the NBA Finals.

Her team "conducted targeted email account searches and reviews, including the email accounts of Lauer and NBC News and Today Show leadership, reviewed text messages on Lauer's work-issued phones, and reviewed other relevant documents and information". "In the course of the interview, Lauer admitted to participating in sexual exercise with the complainant". And shortly after Lauer was sacked, Lack promised a thorough "culture assessment" while also instituting mandatory in-person training on workplace behavior and harassment prevention for all 2000 employees of NBC News.

The investigation team consulted with two outside law firms about this investigation. Suppose a company on which NBC reported misconduct on the part of top executives claimed that no one else in management knew about it.

The report said the first formal complaint about Lauer was made by an unidentified employee on November 22.

NBC's investigation includes a curious passage contradicting the statements by Curry about alerting management to complaints about Lauer's behavior back in 2012.

It added, "Curry declined to share with the investigation team the identity of anyone in management with whom she spoke at the time or the identity of the woman who came to her with a complaint about Lauer".

Another controversial aspect of Lauer's story was the button that allegedly allowed him to lock the office door from his desk. "I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly", Lauer said. Those allegations broke just last month; Brokaw has denied any misconduct, and Linda Vester, who has publicly accused him, has not consented to cooperate with NBC, NPR's David Folkenflik reports. While this report fails to hold anyone accountable, it does make important recommendations about the next steps - including moving away from computer training to in-person training and strengthening the mechanisms for responding to harassment reports.

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