A year after Matt Lauer firing, ex-reporter Linda Vester is calling out NBC in a big way
Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of “Today” anchor Matt Lauer’s firing over what NBC deemed “inappropriate sexual behavior,” which, along with the ouster of “CBS This Morning” host Charlie Rose, set off seismic shifts in the TV news world.
But former NBC News reporter Linda Vester, who made her own accusations against ex “Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw in April, says nothing has changed.
If anything, she told Variety, “The women who speak to me say the climate of fear is worse than ever, the silencing is worse than ever.”
Vester, who worked as a reporter and anchor for NBC and MSNBC in the mid-’90s, marked the anniversary of Lauer’s fall from grace by buying an ad in Thursday’s New York Times that calls on the network’s board of director’s to end the practice of non-disclosure agreements and forced arbitration in cases involving sexual harassment.
“The reason I can speak is I’m not under an NDA, and they can’t ruin my career,” she said. “I’m a stay-at-home mom. They can’t fire me.”
She added, “NBC News management should not be allowed to get away with this any further.”
On Nov. 29, 2017, a visibly shaken Savannah Guthrie announced Lauer’s firing to the world, quoting the email NBC News chair Andy Lack, who remains in that job, had sent to employees.
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