Former “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley claimed on CNN‘s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday that he lost his job as anchor of the network news program because he “wouldn’t stop complaining to management” about the news division’s “hostile work environment.”
“I lost my job at the Evening News because I wouldn’t stop complaining to management about the hostile work environment,” Pelley said.
Well, when you have less than forthright bosses like David Rhodes and Les Moonves, what other outcome could you expect?
He claimed he went to Rhodes, the president of the news division, and told him, “that this hostile work environment couldn’t go on, for women and men. And he told me if I kept agitating about that internally then I’d lose my job”
Pelley was forced out of the position in 2017 after six years on the job and replaced with the redoubtable Jeff Glor for a minute and a half before Glor himself was replaced by Norah O’Donnell – coming soon to a CBS affiliate near you.
The “60 Minutes” correspondent added that things have changed after 18 months of dramatic management changes amid a slew of scandals and misconduct claims at CBS (think Charlie Rose and Jeff Fager) – including the overdue jettisoning of the aforementioned Rhodes and Moonves.
With the promotion of people like Susan Zirinsky to head the news division, who is the first woman to hold that position, it’s all blue sky from here, according to him.
Pelley added that the network is on the right track.
Representatives from CBS did not immediately respond to request for comment.
You expected a vigorous defense of Rhodes and Moonves?