The Latest: CBS shares move higher after Moonves ouster
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the ouster of one of the TV industry’s most powerful executives, Les Moonves, with allegations of sexual misconduct continuing to surface (all times local):
Shares of CBS are moving higher before the opening bell in what will be the first day of trading after the ouster of Les Moonves, the company’s chairman.
The CBS Corp., which has consistently been the most-watched network on television, climbed 93 cents to $56.99 in premarket trading Monday.
Moonves stepped down late Sunday following a story posted by The New Yorker that included a second round of ugly sexual misconduct accusations against the powerful television executive.
CBS chief operating officer, Joseph Ianniello, will take over for Moonves as president and CEO until the company’s board of directors can find a permanent replacement.
CBS is reshaping its board as it pursues an independent investigation into Les Moonves, its ousted board chairman, with additional allegations of sexual misconduct continuing to surface.
The investigation is being pursued by the high-profile law firms, Covington & Burling, and Debevoise & Plimpton, and they are being led by Mary Jo White, the former chairwoman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Five board members are leaving, including Leonard Goldberg, Charles Gifford, David Andelman, Doug Morris and Arnold Kopelson.
The company is adding six new board members: Barbara Byrne, Candace Beinecke, Brian Goldner, Richard Parsons, Susan Schuman and Strauss Zelnick.
The CBS Corp. announced Moonves’ exit late Sunday, hours after The New Yorker magazine posted a story with a second round of ugly accusations against its chairman. A total of 12 women have alleged mistreatment. Moonves denied the charges, although he says he had consensual relations with three of the women.