NBC News Senior VP Fired After Allegations of Sexual Harassment

Lawrence Kim
November 14, 2017

A NBC spokesperson released a statement about Zimmerman.

News fired Matt Zimmerman, senior vice president of booking for news and entertainment, on Tuesday following an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment.

A veteran NBC News executive has been fired amid allegations that he engaged in inappropriate conduct with at least one woman at the network, a spokesperson confirmed. NBC News policy stipulates that such relationships must be disclosed to human resources.

Matt Zimmerman, who had been with the network since 2004, was senior vice president of a consolidated guest booking unit that was formed in April 2014.

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.

Public sexual harassment and assault allegations have received increased attention after more than 60 women came forward to accuse movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of harassment and assault.

Zimmerman is widely known to be one of "Today" co-host Matt Lauer's closest associates and confidants at the network. Meanwhile, the TV news business, like the entertainment industry, also is bracing for more disclosures as social media has given victims a platform and companies adopt a zero-tolerance stance toward misconduct.

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