CBS Information London bureau chief Andy Clarke had some selection phrases for his boss Neeraj Khemlani at his going-away get together Wednesday in London.
In line with a supply who attended the get together, Clarke stated he was leaving the community after 38 years as a result of the information bureau wanted a head “who revered the chief of the group” — in an obvious slap at CBS Information president Khemlani.
Clarke had clashed with Khemlani, the community’s co-president, over whether or not to rescue Afghan journalists and fixers who labored with CBS from the chaos-ridden nation final 12 months, as beforehand reported by The Publish. Sources lately instructed The Publish that at problem was a $750,000 sum that Clarke wanted to get the Afghans out.
The haggling over the funds along with his penny-pinching boss, Khemlani, was the final straw for the editor — who give up.
In response to a question from The Publish, a CBS rep stated: There have been no cuts to sources or requests denied out of Afghanistan. We’re in funding mode. Whether or not it’s rising the variety of staff, which is up year-over-year, or creating extra stock throughout our exhibits for worldwide reporting, or working with an outdoor agency to construct a tech answer that can assist our newsgathering.”
The going-away get together this week was held on the Reform Membership, a hoity-toity non-public membership in central London, the place about 100 colleagues attended, together with CBS overseas correspondents Charlie D’Agata and Liz Palmer. And CNN correspondent Clarissa Ward, who used to work at CBS.
The get together was emceed by CBS Information senior overseas correspondent Mark Phillips and was probably paid for by CBS’ London bureau, a supply stated — noting that it was skimpy on meals and beverage.
“There have been handed hors d’oeuvres, however not a lot meals. There was additionally beer and wine and a few champagne flutes,” the spy added.
Clarke’s departure from the community has caused an outcry of help for the journalist.
Earlier this week, Clarke circulated a goodbye memo obtained by The Publish, by which he wrote he “by no means thought it might come to this- goodbye.”
“It’s been thirty-eight, largely pleasurable years, however I do know my time is over. After I resigned in January the clouds of struggle have been gathering over Ukraine, however a preventing struggle wasn’t on the horizon,” Clarke wrote. “Now, as I go away the struggle rages. I salute my courageous and devoted pals who’re masking it. What you ALL do is necessary: preserve telling the essential tales of our time; preserve championing the underdogs; preserve preventing to get your story on the air; struggle for these additional fifteen seconds as a result of your story would possibly simply change the world of the unvoiced. Above all, preserve everybody protected whilst you go about your journalism.”
After the e-mail was despatched out, a supply stated fairly a number of CBS Information staffers replied to all — thanking Clarke. One of many reply-alls was from nationwide correspondent Vladimir Duthiers, who wrote: “You’re one among my journalism heroes. Thanks a lot for main our efforts to inform these essential tales, championing these underdogs, holding fact to energy and shining a lightweight on the darkish corners of a few of most necessary tales of our instances.”