Disney’s ABC News says senior executive leaving the company after alleged racist comments

The ABC logo is viewed outside of ABC headquarters, Feb 24, 2010 in New York, New York.

WASHINGTON: ABC News, a Walt Disney Co unit, said senior executive Barbara Fedida is leaving the company after an independent investigation alleged she had made racially insensitive comments and used inappropriate language, according to an email.

Fedida also managed in a rough manner and would not return to ABC, Disney executive Peter Rice told staff in an email which ABC shared with Reuters.

Fedida, the network’s former senior vice president for talent, editorial strategy and business affairs, denied the allegations when they surfaced in media reports in June, describing them as “incredibly misleading”.

She said she had been a champion of diversity with a track record of hiring and promoting journalists of color.

Reuters was unable to reach Fedida for comment on Monday (Jul 20). Disney did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

The investigation found no basis for allegations that Fedida was the subject of dozens of HR complaints, Rice said. He also said there was no evidence that ABC had spent millions of dollars in settlements related to her.

ABC placed Fedida on leave last month while it investigated the allegations.

In the wake of the death of African American George Floyd, other media outlets – from the New York Times to Refinery29 and Bon Appetit – are also facing criticism over how they have handled the issue of race.

Rice said that “serious work” needed to be done to enhance the culture of inclusion at ABC.

Fedida’s role would be split, with business affairs separated from talent relations and recruitment, each with its own head, he added.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story said that Barbara Fedida was sacked. Reuters has since corrected this.

Z24 News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Next Post

US couple charged for drawing guns on protesters

Mon Jul 20 , 2020
WASHINGTON: A US couple who became Internet infamous for drawing an assault rifle and a handgun on protesters outside their Missouri mansion were charged on Monday (Jul 20) with a felony. In a viral video, Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia McCloskey, both lawyers, stand barefoot in their garden in […]

Share

Social menu is not set. You need to create menu and assign it to Social Menu on Menu Settings.