NBC News has fired a 13-year veteran of the division who was a senior VP and worked primarily on guest bookings for the “Today” show. TVNewser reports that Matt Zimmerman was fired following an investigation into sexual harassment allegations.
The report quotes a statement from an NBC News spokesperson saying: “We have recently learned that Matt Zimmerman engaged in inappropriate conduct with more than one woman at NBCU, which violated company policy. As a result he has been dismissed.”
Zimmerman, who has been with NBC News since 2004, was Senior Vice President, Booking, News & Entertainment.
“Zimmerman is widely known to be one of ‘Today’ co-host Matt Lauer’s closest associates and confidants at the network,” Fox News reports. “He worked for years as Lauer’s personal booker, and expanded his remit to oversee all of NBC News’ guest bookings as Lauer’s power grew in the organization.”
TVNewser adds: “The women came forward, and did so nervously, an insider tells TVNewser, accusing Zimmerman of improper behavior. Another source says Zimmerman had consensual relationships with the women, but because he was senior management, and didn’t tell HR, he violated company policy.”