CBS News has fired its political director. The network announced the firing Wednesday night of Steve Chaggaris, who was a fixture of the news division for years.
The network cited allegations of “inappropriate behavior.”
In a statement, CBS News said: “In the last two weeks, accounts of inappropriate behavior by Steve Chaggaris were brought to our attention and were immediately investigated. As a result, CBS News has severed ties with Mr. Chaggaris for violating company policy, effective immediately.”
The news division has not named a replacement for Chaggaris, who most recently has been overseeing coverage of the Trump administration.
CNN cites a CBS News spokeswoman who said the allegations against Chaggaris surfaced just before the Christmas holiday.
“The decision to dismiss Chaggaris came six weeks after CBS fired Charlie Rose, the co-host of its morning show, after the Washington Post published detailed allegations of sexual misconduct by Rose,” CNN notes. “In the wake of high-profile harassment cases, CBS and other major media companies issued reminders to staffers about the importance of reporting harassment and other improper behavior to human resources and other official channels.”
Chaggaris had been with CBS since 1999.