NBC News exec fired for mis­con­duct

Los Angeles Times - - COMPANY TOWN - By Stephen Battaglio stephen.battaglio @la­times.com

Matt Zim­mer­man, the ex­ec­u­tive in charge of book­ing for NBC News, has been fired for what the com­pany called “in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­duct” with fe­male em­ploy­ees at the net­work.

“We have re­cently learned that Matt Zim­mer­man en­gaged in in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­duct with more than one woman at [par­ent com­pany NBCUniver­sal], which vi­o­lated com­pany pol­icy. As a re­sult he has been dis­missed,” an NBC News rep­re­sen­ta­tive said in a state­ment.

Women at NBC News brought Zim­mer­man’s al­leged be­hav­ior to the at­ten­tion of the com­pany amid the height­ened at­ten­tion on sex­ual ha­rass­ment from al­le­ga­tions brought against movie mogul Har­vey We­in­stein and oth­ers.

At least one woman told the com­pany’s hu­man re­sources de­part­ment that her ca­reer was dam­aged as a re­sult of a re­la­tion­ship with Zim­mer­man, ac­cord­ing to a per­son fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter who was not au­tho­rized to com­ment pub­licly and re­quested anonymity.

Ear­lier this month, NBC News cut ties with po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Mark Halperin af­ter CNN re­ported that he al­legedly sex­u­ally ha­rassed women dur­ing his 10-year ten­ure as po­lit­i­cal di­rec­tor of ABC News from 1997 to 2007.

Zim­mer­man han­dled book­ing for NBC’s “To­day” pro­gram un­til 2014, when he was el­e­vated to a role that put him in charge of a col­lab­o­ra­tive book­ing unit within the news di­vi­sion.

Zim­mer­man was not avail­able to com­ment.

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