Former Cameraman Calls NBC News a ‘Sack Full of Lying Weasels’ — and Sues the Network

Dec 12, 2013  •  Post A Comment

George Hyatt, a former cameraman for MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown,” has filed a lawsuit against NBC, claiming he was fired because of age discrimination, reports TVNewser.

Hyatt, 60, claims he was fired by an NBC News supervisor in its Washington Bureau whom he overheard saying he wanted to bring in “young blood,” according to the report. Hyatt reportedly told The Daily Caller that he originally brought the case to the Office of Human Rights in Washington, but that it was dismissed.

“I initially filed a complaint with the DC Office of Human Rights for age discrimination, after exhausting every effort to regain employment at a company [where] I have devoted 30 plus years of my life,” Hyatt said. “I believe that the DC OHR dismissed the case due to understaffing and needed to clear the docket. OHR did not speak to any of my witnesses or make any attempt to contact them, albeit, they did recommend filing with EEOC.”

Hyatt told The Daily Caller that NBC News is “a sack full of lying weasels,” but went easier on "Daily Rundown" host Chuck Todd, saying Todd was not involved in his firing. "Nevertheless, Hyatt said, Todd should ‘speak out’ on his behalf," The Daily Caller report adds.

Contacted by TVNewser, a spokesman for NBC’s news division said, “NBC News does not discriminate on the basis of age in making employment decisions."

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3 Comments

  1. Isn’t “young blood” just a euphemism for “lower wage”?

  2. So…what’s new with these kind of practices in TV as well as film and music industries?. For years when I was a reporter at a Hollywood trade paper I used to hear complaints from Emmy winner writers who were “over the hill” that they could not get hired to write shows anymore. Most were 45-50-ish. And so it goes.

  3. …because all corporations say, “Why, of course we discriminate on the basis of age.”

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