Moonves replacement: CBS 'operating from a position of great strategic strength'

Moonves replacement: CBS 'operating from a position of great strategic strength'
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Interim CBS CEO Joseph Ianniello said on Monday that he looks forward to providing “continuity and stability” and that he thinks the network is “operating from a position of great strategic strength” as he takes the helm from Les Moonves, who stepped down Sunday amid sexual misconduct allegations.

“I have been with this Company for 21 years, and I look forward to providing continuity and stability, while at the same time fostering our culture of innovation,” Ianniello said in an email to staffers, according to HuffPost.

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“Today also marks a major transition for all of us as Leslie Moonves departs from CBS,” he added. “Les’ departure occurs at a time when we are operating from a position of great strategic strength. As you all know, there is amazing work going on across the Company, and I feel confident we have the best people in the business to continue building on our outstanding success.”

Moonves stepped down hours after The New Yorker published a report with detailed allegations that he harassed additional female employees and coerced one woman into performing oral sex. It was the second New Yorker story about sexual misconduct allegations against Moonves.

In the first report, published in July, six women accused Moonves of sexual harassment, with four describing forced touching or kissing. 

Ianniello, who is also the company's chief operating officer, did not mention the sexual harassment allegations against Moonves in the email, but he did write that “at the core of any company is its culture.”

“And never has it been more important for us to make it abundantly clear that CBS has a steadfast commitment to diversity, inclusion and a safe and positive working environment,” he wrote. “This is an integral part of our growth plan as together we unlock the immense talents across our entire employee base.”