NBC News maintains Farrow asked for the right to go to another publication. Farrow asserts there was a general reluctance to take on the explosive subject in part because of ties to Weinstein at NBC News and at NBCUniversal. NBC News maintains that Farrow had no Weinstein accusers on the record at the time in August 2017 when they parted ways on the story. Farrow asserts that NBC News first suggested that he try to find another editorial home for his story.
“I had to ask direct questions to expose the space between what he was willing to say and what he was willing to imply,” Farrow wrote.
Oppenheim presented a 1990s news story in the Los Angeles Times about Miramax rallying behind Allen to distribute his movies after the molestation allegation. Farrow accuses Oppenheim of trying to slow down his reporting process by raising the question of his having a conflict of interest on the story because of his family’s past ties to Weinstein and the allegation that his sister, Dylan Farrow, was molested by their father, filmmaker Woody Allen. Ronan Farrow has been outspoken in his support of his sister’s account of the 1992 incident.
“All we’ve asked of Ronan is that he tell the truth — that when he left NBC he did not have a single victim or witness to misconduct by Weinstein willing to go on the record and that is why a large circle of his colleagues, including the head of the investigative unit and two of the most seasoned investigative reporters in the newsroom, all agreed that he did not yet have a story that was ready for air,” Oppenheim said.
Farrow maintains that by August 2017 he was barred from conducting more interviews with sources in the Weinstein investigation. NBC News said it blocked Farrow from using a camera crew because he had already informed them he was taking the story to another outlet. NBC asserts that the interview was to be shot with the accuser speaking anonymously and in shadow, which would not be enough to get the story over the hurdle for air.
“He is entitled to disagree with the decisions we made but he’s not entitled to his own set of facts.” “We are more confident now than ever in the decisions we made around Ronan’s reporting,” Oppenheim told Variety.
like, is this really worth it?” Oppenheim also told Farrow that the recording and his Weinstein reporting would force them to “make some decisions …
Oppenheim is portrayed in “Catch and Kill” as downplaying the significance of an audio recording that Farrow obtained of Italian model Ambra Gutierrez as she tried to rebuff Weinstein’s effort to bring her into his New York hotel room in March 2015. The exchange presents Weinstein as both desperate and threatening, and it makes reference to an earlier incident in which Weinstein touched Gutierrez’s breasts. Farrow quotes Oppenheim, after listening to the recording, as questioning whether Weinstein’s actions amounted to a “crime.” “Harvey Weinstein grabbing a lady’s breasts a couple of years ago, that’s not national news,” Oppenheim said, according to Farrow.
NBC News president Noah Oppenheim is depicted in particularly unflattering light as Farrow pursued his investigation in the summer and fall of 2017. Farrow makes a case that NBC News and its practices around harassment complaints and settlements were part of a broader culture of cover-up and protection for wealthy and powerful predators.
Farrow reports that Weinstein’s assistants came to refer to Lack, Oppenheim and Griffin as “the triumvirate” because Weinstein was calling them so often in 2017 as his reputation and company began to unravel. In October 2017, exposes in the New York Times and Farrow’s reports in the New Yorker led to Weinstein’s downfall. He is now facing criminal charges in New York, with a trial set to begin in January.
On the subject of National Enquirer parent company AMI trying to pressure NBC News on Lauer, NBC said in a statement that they were “never contacted by AMI, or made aware in any way of any threats from them, or from anyone else, for that matter. And the idea of NBC News taking a threat seriously from a tabloid company about Matt Lauer is especially preposterous, since they already covered him with great regularity.”
Weinstein, according to Farrow, tried to pressure NBC News with damning information on “Today” anchor Matt Lauer that he received from the parent company of the National Enquirer. Lauer has denied the allegation and called his relationship with Nevils “consensual.” “Catch and Kill” includes details for the first time of the horrifying anal rape allegation against Lauer from former NBC News staffer Brooke Nevils that prompted his firing. Lauer was fired in November 2017, as Variety reported troubling allegations of a pattern of sexual misconduct claims against the longtime anchor.
Oppenheim and others at NBC News maintain that they were trying to work with Farrow on getting the sourcing needed to make the story reportable on-air.
“At times he was utterly dismissive of efforts to get at the story in different ways.” “At every turn we tried to widen the group of reporters and editors working on the story,” Oppenheim says.
“I’d be happier if (Weinstein) found video of you f—ing in a bathroom or something,” Oppenheim tells Farrow, according to “Catch and Kill.”
Farrow in the book said his exchanges with Oppenheim left him with the feeling that the network was trying to quietly squelch the story.
The material Farrow gathered after months of work on the story was reviewed by a team of NBC News investigative veterans in early August 2017. 10, 2017, report on Weinstein in the New Yorker had allegations from multiple women who were not included in the reporting that he presented to NBC News. The biggest hurdle was that he had no accusers on camera naming Weinstein. Farrow’s first Oct.
NBC in a statement disputed that the complaint involving Corvo was the source of the settlement with the employee. Farrow states in the book that one of the “Dateline” executives who reviewed his work was veteran executive producer David Corvo, who was allegedly the focus of a 2007 harassment claim from a woman that led to a $1 million settlement years later, which NBC paid the day after Corvo reviewed Farrow’s work.
Oppenheim counters that Farrow began to pressure NBC News to rush the story on the air because he feared he would be beaten on the Weinstein story by the New York Times, which was also working on an expose. Farrow made it clear within NBC that he was concerned about earning credit for bringing down a major film industry figure.
He also made a risque comment that caused Farrow concern. Oppenheim says he raised it not as a roadblock, but as a concern that Farrow needed to keep in mind. Farrow challenged the assertion that this presented a conflict of interest.
“He felt a sense of urgency and competitive pressure,” Oppenheim said. He said ‘I’ll get scooped and no one will ever know I worked on this.’” “He was concerned about getting credit.
NBC News and its leadership are painted in an extremely dark light in Ronan Farrow’s new book, “Catch and Kill.” The book about his Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting on Harvey Weinstein’s history of alleged sexual assault details Farrow’s assertion that NBC News tried to kill his investigative report because it was compromised by a history of misconduct claims against its own executives and stars.
He describes walking through the “Today” newsroom after a meeting with Oppenheim with “battery acid in my mouth and red parenthesis in my palms where I had pressed nails into skin.”” /> Farrow describes in detail the turmoil he felt as he came to believe that NBC was working against him.
Farrow, in his view, was not a full-time NBC News employee, but rather working off a contract after the MSNBC daytime series he anchored in 2014 and 2015 was canceled. 15 publication of Farrow’s book and has mounted a vigorous rebuttal to some of his assertions. Oppenheim disputes the characterization that he “killed” the story. NBC has been bracing for the Oct.
There was not a victim on the record,” said Rich Greenberg, head of NBC News’ investigative unit. Farrow was also “overstating his sourcing” in some instances, Greenberg says. “It was unanimous in the (August) review that the story was not ready.” “His reporting wasn’t anywhere near ready for airing.
“Only following his termination did we reach agreements with two women who had come forward for the very first time and those women have always been free to share their stories about Lauer with anyone they choose,” NBC News said in a statement. NBC calls Farrow’s suggestion that the network looked the other way amid reports of Lauer’s behavior “absolutely false” and denies being involved in any sexual harassment settlements on the anchor’s behalf prior to his firing.
Oppenheim and others involved with the story at NBC News vehemently deny that they tried to stop him from pursuing Weinstein.
“The individual’s departure over a decade later and any compensation paid was completely unrelated to the complaint,” NBC said.
He describes MSNBC president Phil Griffin as allegedly engaging in boorish behavior with female colleagues, and he faults Lack, Griffin and Oppenheim for communicating with Weinstein and his legal team about the status of the story while Farrow was knee-deep in reporting. He was promoted to NBC News president in February 2017. Farrow also details a history of alleged affairs and settlements involving NBC News chairman Andy Lack in the 1980s and ‘90s. Farrow suggests that Oppenheim was concerned about fallout from taking on Weinstein on his future prospects as a screenwriter. A longtime news producer, Oppenheim shifted into unscripted TV production and screenwriting for several years before he returned to NBC News in 2015.

In both 2017 and 2016, Moonves took in more than $69 million in salary, bonus and stock awards and options.
After Ianniello, CBS chief legal officer Lawrence Tu was the second-highest paid person at the Eye with a 2018 compensation package of $8.9 million. That included a $3.5 million bonus and nearly $4 million in stock options and awards, in a year when CBS was awash in legal battles with controlling shareholder National Amusements — lawsuits settled as part of Moonves' exit — and with sexual misconduct claims against Moonves and other high-profile CBS figures.” />
Joseph Ianniello, who took over from Moonves as president and acting CEO in September, received $27.4 million in compensation last year, including a $12.5 million bonus and nearly $12 million in stock awards and options.
But he was forced to give up $34.5 million of the $42 million worth of stock awards granted as part of his compensation package. Moonves earned a total of $47 million from CBS in 2018, according to CBS' annual proxy filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The longtime CBS leader was forced to resign after revelations of past sexual misconduct allegations were detailed in two exposes were published in July and September by Ronan Farrow in the New Yorker.
Former CBS chairman-CEO Leslie Moonves forfeited $34.5 million in CBS stock awards last year as part of the settlement agreement that saw him ousted from the company he steered for more than 20 years amid a sexual misconduct scandal.
He received no bonus but earned about $1 million in what is described in the filing as "Other Compensation," plus a little over $644,000 in pension earnings. The filing also notes that Moonves was paid $8 million of the $20 million bonus he earned in 2017 in calendar year 2018. Moonves actually earned about $4.6 million last year, including $2.9 million in salary.

Farrow's New Yorker piece includes harrowing descriptions of Weinstein's behavior from women including Asia Argento, Rosanna Arquette and Mira Sorvino. Weinstein was fired by the board of the Weinstein Company on Sunday, in the wake of allegations revealed in the New York Times that he had been harassing women for many years.
He will also be interviewed by ABC News' Juju Chang on ABC's "Nightline."
Farrow, who joined NBCUniversal in 2014 as a host on MSNBC, currently works as a freelancer for NBC News, and had been investigating sexual-harassment allegations against Weinstein for ten months. The New Yorker story is said to be "radically different" from the material that was brought to NBC News. But when he brought early reporting on the subject to NBC News executives, at the time "he didn’t have one accuser willing to go on the record or identify themselves," this person said.
NBC News agreed, according to the source, with the understanding that if he got the story published he would come back and talk about it for NBC outlets.” /> Farrow asked NBC News if he could bring his work to a print outlet, this person said, thinking that sources might be more willing to cooperate if they did not have to go on camera.
Farrow is expected to discuss his story Tuesday evening on NBC's "NBC Nightly News," according to a person familiar with the matter. Ronan Farrow didn't break the first story of shocking allegations about movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, but his New Yorker piece published Tuesday has added a new sordid dimension to the scandal.
Ronan Farrow, who is the son of Mia Farrow and is estranged from his father Woody Allen, has gone on record supporting his sister Dylan Farrow's accusations of improper behavior by their father.