Mainstream Media Executive Fired After Sexual Harassment Investigation

November 14, 2017Nov 14, 2017

On Tuesday, it was announced that an NBC News executive was fired after a network investigation into sexual harassment allegations made against him by several women, according to The Hill

Matt Zimmerman, who was with NBC since 2004, was a powerful figure in the company, serving as the senior vice president of a consolidated guest booking unit formed in April 2014. He was well-respected in the company until several allegations of sexual harassment were levied against him, which the company then investigated. They quickly discovered that he violated company policy by having inappropriate relationships with women in the company and was fired. 

“We have recently learned that Matt Zimmerman engaged in inappropriate conduct with more than one woman at NBCU, which violated company policy. As a result, he has been dismissed,” said a spokesperson for NBC News.

This news comes only weeks after NBC News fired senior political analyst Mark Halperin after several allegations were made against him, which concerned his conduct during the 1990s while he was with the company. It also comes after the network faces embarrassment and a barrage of criticism for spiking the explosive story of sexual misconduct by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. The New York Time would eventually break the story, which led to many powerful figures being accused of sexual harassment. 

TV Newser writes that the women who came forward did so nervously. One source claims that Zimmerman had engaged in consensual relationships with the women, but because he was senior management, he didn't tell HR that he had violated company policy. 

Fox News writes that Zimmerman is widely known to be one of "Today" co-host Matt Lauer's closest associates. He worked for several years as Lauer's personal booker. He had apparently been at the network all of his professional career, first joining the company after he graded in 2004 from Wake Forst University. 

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