Sep 10, 2018

Les Moonves out at CBS

Photo: Adam Jeffery/CNBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

CBS Corporation announced Sunday night that longtime leader Les Moonves will depart as chairman, president, and CEO. The announcement comes just hours after a second Ronan Farrow report in The New Yorker in which six more women alleged sexual misconduct by the television veteran.

Why it matters: Moonves is one of the most high-profile executives to be brought down by the #MeToo movement. His departure comes after weeks of inaction from CBS' board, which had drawn a great deal of criticism from advocacy groups.

The details:

  • The replacement: CBS COO Joe Ianniello will now serve as president and acting CEO, something insiders have long anticipated.
  • Board shakeup: CBS is getting rid of six board members, who voted to dilute its parent company shares, and is adding six new board members, including three women.
  • The terms: CBS also announced a settlement to end its legal battle with majority shareholder Shari Redstone and her holding company National Amusements Inc. NAI reaffirmed its previous position that it won't continue to push CBS to merge with its former sister company Viacom.
  • No payday: Moonves has been stripped of his $100 million-plus severance package due to the allegations. In a statement, Moonves and CBS said that they will donate $20 million of Moonves' severance to advocacy groups who support the #MeToo movement.

Go deeper: New Moonves accusations prompt reports of his imminent departure.

Go deeper

Zipline drones deliver masks to hospitals; vaccines could be next

Zipline's drone drops medical supplies via parachute. Image courtesy of Zipline.

Zipline, a California drone company, has made its U.S. debut by delivering medical supplies to hospitals in North Carolina under a pilot program honed in Africa.

Why it matters: The effort, made possible by a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration to Novant Health, is the nation's longest-range drone delivery operation and could demonstrate how drones could be used in future pandemics, Zipline officials said.

NHL unveils 24-team playoff plan to return from coronavirus hiatus

Data: NHL; Table: Axios Visuals

The NHL unveiled its return-to-play plan on Tuesday, formally announcing that 24 of its 31 teams will return for a playoff tournament in two hub cities, if and when medically cleared.

Why it matters: Hockey is the first major North American sports league to sketch out its plans to return from a coronavirus-driven hiatus in such detail, and it's also the first one to officially pull the plug on its regular season, which will trigger ticket refunds.

Rising home sales show Americans are looking past the coronavirus

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Americans are behaving very differently than they have in previous recessions — convinced that the coronavirus pandemic will soon pass, many continue to spend money as if nothing has changed.

Driving the news: The latest example of this trend is the Commerce Department's new home sales report, which showed home sales increased in April despite nationwide lockdowns that banned real estate agents in some states from even showing listed houses.