Tribune Exec Apologizes for Explicit Email
Lee Abrams concedes 'poor judgment' in latest flap.
While Tribune Co.'s Chapter 11 bankruptcy process is moving towards its end, its top executives can't seem to catch a break.
Just days after a New York Times article described Tribune Co.'s work environment under current management as a frat house (link), a top executive at the media company this week sent a company-wide e-mail that included a link to a parody video from The Onion featuring a bare-chested woman and gyrating women, according to the New York Times.
Tribune creditors have been pushing for management changes at the company led by CEO Randy Michaels.
Lee Abrams, Tribune's chief innovation officer, on Tuesday apologized via another email to staff, saying it "was poor judgment on my part and I'm sorry," the Times said. "I understand that it was very inappropriate to distribute a link to the video to a wider audience, and I have asked our technology department to delete the email from our servers," he added.
The video link was part of a message to Tribune staff that discussed new company initiatives and strategy.