NYC Journalism School Revokes Charlie Rose's Lifetime Achievement Award

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"We wanted to give it careful thought and not react in a knee-jerk way," the dean of the school told THR.

The City University of New York's graduate journalism school has revoked a lifetime achievement award given to former CBS journalist Charlie Rose, the school announced Wednesday.

"Our decision to revoke our award comes with the overwhelming support of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni," the school's dean and associate dean said in the announcement. "We are acting not just to condemn his behavior, which is unconscionable and violates the ethical standards we hold sacred as journalists. We are also making a statement regarding the larger cultural forces that discourage women from coming forward with legitimate complaints in the first place and that have prevented them from succeeding as journalists in the longer run."

The decision comes exactly one month after The Washington Post reported that eight women have accused Rose of sexual harassment. "We wanted to give it careful thought and not react in a knee-jerk way," Dean Sarah Bartlett said when asked by The Hollywood Reporter about the delay.

Bartlett said she contacted Rose to inform him of the school's decision.

In late November, four days after the Post report broke open the story, both Arizona State University and Kansas University pulled back awards given to Rose by their journalism schools. "This unprecedented action is taken with the utmost seriousness and deliberation," the founding dean of Arizona State's journalism school said in a statement at the time.

On Thursday, Fordham University announced that the school's board of trustees voted a week earlier to revoke an honorary doctorate it gave to Rose in 2008. The school said that Rose is "an inappropriate recipient of Fordham honors."

Rose has not been heard from since publication of the story that quickly ended his booming television career. A former employee of his Charlie Rose show predicted to THR that he might attempt a comeback. "My hunch is that he thinks in a few months this will blow over, and he will figure out something new," the former employee said recently.

On Tuesday, PBS announced that a BBC show will fill the second half of the time slot formerly held by Rose's distributed show. Christiane Amanpour's CNN International show is occupying the first half of the slot. Representatives for Bloomberg TV told THR on Wednesday that no decision has been made regarding a long-term replacement for Rose's show, which it formerly aired.

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