Hadley Gamble, a CNBC anchor, is planning to depart the network shortly after Jeff Shell, the former CEO of NBCUniversal, was fired as a result of a sexual harassment accusation she filed. Gamble was the host of “Capital Connection,” a program that was broadcast from the network’s Middle East station in the United Arab Emirates. Gamble was a senior foreign journalist who covered oil, geopolitics, and financial markets. She left CNBC, but the reason why is yet unclear since spokespersons for CNBC have failed to comment.
A CNBC spokeswoman confirmed Gamble’s planned resignation and said that she has been a renowned journalist for more than ten years, taking on prominent and difficult projects and gaining extensive knowledge of the Middle East and other regions. “Her initiative and drive have secured valuable interviews with several world political leaders,” the spokeswoman told CBS MoneyWatch in a statement.
The sexual harassment claim made by Gamble, according to Gamble’s attorney Suzanne McKie, prompted an investigation into Shell’s behavior and, eventually, his dismissal. Shell was fired with just cause immediately in accordance with the terms of his employment contract after Comcast, the company that owns CNBC, recruited independent attorneys to look into the claims and discovered evidence that supported them.
As the firm pushed hard to compete with streaming services, Shell, who led NBCUniversal’s entertainment and news operations, was appointed CEO in January 2020. His retirement joins a growing list of prominent media executives who have left their leadership roles in recent years as a result of misconduct probes.