Tribune exec suspended without pay

Lee Abrams forwarded email with topless women.

Tribune executive Lee Abrams has been suspended without pay, the company informed staff in a memo Wednesday.

Abrams, the company's chief innovation officer, had come under fire for forwarding an email featuring a video with gyrating and topless women. Just a few days earlier, a New York Times article detailed other misogynistic actions of executives at the media company.

Abrams apologized Wednesday for his "inappropriate" email.


Tribune Company's chief executive officer Randy Michaels wrote in a memo (as picked up on Romenesko) Wednesday:

"I want to let you know that today we made the decision to suspend Lee Abrams from his position as Tribune’s Chief Innovation Officer. He will remain on suspension indefinitely and without pay while we review the circumstances surrounding the email and video link he distributed on Monday. We're in the process of determining further disciplinary action.

"Lee recognizes that the video was in extremely bad taste and that it offended employees - he has also apologized publicly. He reiterated those feelings again to me privately today. But, this is the kind of serious mistake that can't be tolerated; we intend to address it promptly and forcefully.

"As I said last week, a creative culture must be built on a foundation of respect. Our culture is not about being offensive or hurtful. We encourage employees to speak up when they see or hear something that they find offensive, as a number of employees did with regard to this particular email. I can assure you, you will be heard."

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