PABJ Statement on Upcoming Meeting With CBS 3 Philadelphia Leadership
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (January 26, 2021) – The Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists will be meeting with CBS Philadelphia President and General Manager Brandin Stewart and other CBS leadership following the recent allegations of racial discrimination from national corporate executives from the company.
“The past allegations regarding our station that have been documented this week by the LA Times are disturbing to all of us and do not reflect the values of CBS Philadelphia,” said Stewart, in a statement released on Tuesday. “I plan to meet with the leaders of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists and other organizations in the coming days. Their guidance will be helpful as we plan our path forward.”
“As a Black journalist who also entered into a top leadership position following a previous history of racism at my media company, I share Stewart’s similar burden,” says Ernest Owens, PABJ President. “I look forward to the both of us, along with PABJ leadership, forging a new path of breaking down systemic racial barriers and helping to improve CBS3’s relationship to the larger Philadelphia community.”
PABJ continues to stand in solidarity with Black CBS Philadelphia staffers, such as veteran anchor Ukee Washington, who has had to deal with the burden of facing racial hardship and dealing with such unnecessary controversy while on the job.
PABJ President Ernest Owens and VP of Broadcast Charlene Horne will be also be meeting with Stewart and other CBS senior leadership in the days to come. We will keep the community updated on the outcome of the discussion.