File Photo: TV host Charlie Rose arrives for the Time 100 Gala in the Manhattan borough of New York, New York, U.S. April 25, 2017. (Xinhua/REUTERS)
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), a major U.S. TV news outlet, fired its veteran journalist Charlie Rose on Tuesday following accusations of sexual misconduct.
"Despite Charlie's important journalist contribution to our news division, there is absolutely nothing more important, in this or any organization, than ensuring a safe, professional workplace - a supportive environment where people feel they can do their best work," said CBS News President David Rhodes in a note to staff.
"I'm deeply disappointed and angry that people were victimized - and that even people not connected with these events could see their hard work undermined," he said.
The firing is effective immediately. Rose was a co-host of CBS program This Morning and a contributing correspondent for its long-running Sunday night news magazine "60 Minutes." The "Charlie Rose" show was broadcast on PBS and Bloomberg TV.
The Washington Post reported on Monday that eight women accused Rose of making unwanted sexual advances between the late 1990s and 2011. His misconduct included making lewd suggestions during phone calls, walking naked in front of female employees and groping their breasts or genital areas.
Rose, 75, said in a statement on Monday that he had "behaved insensitively" at times, but said that some of the allegations were not accurate.
Rose is the second major media news figure to be suspended from work on Monday in the face of allegations of sexual improprieties.
The New York Times, earlier in the day, suspended one of its star reporters, White House correspondent Glenn Thrush, after several women accused him of unwanted kissing and touching.