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the-leader | Wednesday January 17, 2018
PBS Boss Explains Why They Fired Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley
Perhaps the TV network most affected by Hollywood’s movement against sexual assault is PBS. The system of networks fired two marquee names -- Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley -- when they were accused of sexual misconduct last year. PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger explained to reporters Tuesday at the TCA winter TV previews how PBS came to those decisions and how it has changed in the wake of Rose’s and Smiley’s exits. “As you know, the way that we’re organized is that the production that comes to public broadcasting is all done by independent organizations, as was [Rose]’s. It was an independent production company that was housed at Bloomberg,” Kerger said. “That’s where he produced his program. He managed the program himself -- all of the human resources -- all of that came out of his own organization. We didn’t have the kind of view into that organization and we learned of the issue with Charlie Rose the morning they actually wrote the story in The Washington Post.” In the meantime, world renowned reporter Christiane Amanpour is filling in for Rose while the network seeks a permanent replacement. “I am particularly happy to have Christiane Amanpour, who I think is...Read more