CNBC said on Tuesday it has parted company with Hadley Gamble, a senior anchor and reporter who has accused the former CEO of NBCUniversal, the network’s parent division, of sexual harassment.
In a succinct and flashy statement, CNBC called Ms. Gamble, who has worked for more than a decade at the Business News Network, an “distinguished journalist” who has developed “deep expertise in the Middle East and beyond.”
Her initiative and leadership have secured valuable interviews with many of the world’s political leaders. “We wish her all the best in her future endeavours,” the statement said.
CNBC and Ms. Gamble have reached an agreement to leave the company, according to a person familiar with the decision. The person refused to provide details.
In late March, Ms. Gamble filed a complaint accusing Jeff Shell, the former CEO of NBCUniversal, of sexual harassment. He also raised allegations of bullying and discrimination at CNBC. The complaint, which ran more than a dozen pages, also named two directors in CNBC’s international division.
That complaint set off an investigation that led to Mr. Shell’s firing last month, sending echoes across NBCUniversal’s sprawling global organization. Comcast president Michael Kavanagh stepped in to oversee NBCUniversal.
Ms. Gamble did not respond to a request for comment.
Mr Shell said Ms Gamble’s complaint “misrepresents the facts of what went wrong”.
Mr. Shell’s sudden firing put CNBC at the center of its own corporate backstory. A highly profitable global company with offices in financial capitals including London and Dubai, CNBC faces many of the same challenges as other cable channels, as viewers abandon traditional television for streaming services.
The network is trying to partially offset that decline by increasing subscription products, such as the CNBC Pro service and the CNBC Investing Club with Jim Cramer.
This is a developing story. Check back for more details.
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