- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 28, 2021

CNN Business is conducting an internal review into its workplace culture and treatment of female employees, a report said Tuesday.

The investigation, dubbed internally as a “work environment assessment,” is being conducted by human resources at CNN’s parent company, AT&T‘s WarnerMedia, Business Insider reported. It was sparked by the February departure of senior editor Annalyn Kurtz, three people with knowledge of the matter told the outlet.

Business Insider reported that the assessment “appears to be focused on workplace culture, not the behavior of an individual, according to two of the sources.”

“I’ve found there to be a lack of transparency in how to get promoted or how to appear on TV,” a female staffer told the outlet. “I get the feeling the company wants to keep as many people as possible at a low pay grade or stay in a certain box and that has led to women not being supported.”

The news comes several weeks after former “CNN Newsroom” host Brooke Baldwin — who left the network on April 16 — lamented during a podcast with Ms. Magazine that she was “surrounded by a lot of men” at the network.

“The most influential anchors on our network, the highest-paid, are men,” she said April 5. “It’s getting better, but we still have a bit of a ways to go.”

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