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Media Maneuvers: Sex Harassment Suit Rocks NY Post
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Dateline: New York, NY
Wednesday, January 19, 2022

 
Col Allan
Col Allan

The New York Post, as well as owner News Corp., ex-editor Col Allan and current editor Keith Poole, are facing a sexual harassment lawsuit from Michelle Gotthelf, a 20-year employee of the paper who most recently served as its digital editor. Gotthelf was fired by Poole on Jan. 12 following what she charges are several instances of sexual harassment and verbal abuse. She also says that Allan, who has been as an advisor at the Post since 2019 after having retired as editor in 2016, demanded that she remove a story about writer E. Jean Carroll’s rape accusations against former president Trump from the Post’s website. The suit claims that Allan “delighted in degrading Ms. Gotthelf, and women generally, in front of her mostly male peers.” Gotthelf is being represented by New York legal firm Wigdor, which the New York Times says previously won a $10 million settlement on behalf of 18 plaintiffs who filed a discrimination suit against News Corp’s Fox News.

Joe Earley
Joe Earley

Disney names Joe Earley president of Hulu, part of an ongoing reorganization of Disney’s executive suite. Earley shifts to Hulu from Disney+, where he was executive vp marketing and operations. He succeeds former Hulu chief Kelly Campbell, who left the company in October to become the president of NBCUniversal’s Peacock. Earley will report to Michael Paull, who will now oversee Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ and Star+ as president of Disney Streaming. Disney is also creating a hub for international content creation, which will be run by Rebecca Campbell as chairman, international content and operations. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Disney is preparing to buy out Comcast’s minority stake in the streamer for more than $13 billion sometime in the next few years.

NBCU Academy

NBCU Academy, NBCU News Group’s multi-platform journalism training and development program, adds 13 higher education institutions to the program, bringing the total of participants to 30 institutions. The new members include the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, Howard University, Montclair State University and the University of Texas at Arlington. Launched in January 2021, NBCU Academy offers free online instruction and digital content for students at participating institutions. “Through NBCU Academy, we’re forging a generation of diverse journalists that are ahead of the curve on media technologies and have a deep understanding of a range of industries,” said NBCU News Group senior vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion Yvette Miley.

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