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Charlie Rose is the latest journalist accused of sexual misconduct. Today, the Washington Post reported that eight women, five anonymously, accused the television journalist of “unwanted sexual advances.” The named women include a then-intern and associate producer, an assistant and a coordinator.

CBS News and PBS suspended Rose, the Associated Press reported.  On Twitter, Rose, 75, issued a statement apologizing and saying he was “greatly embarrassed.” Rose is a co-anchor for CBS This Morning, a contributing correspondent for 60 Minutes and PBS, and Bloomberg Television broadcast his show Charlie Rose, according to his website.

A PBS spokesperson told iMediaEthics by e-mail,

“PBS was shocked to learn today of these deeply disturbing allegations. We are immediately suspending distribution of ‘Charlie Rose.’

“‘Charlie Rose’ is produced by Charlie Rose, Inc., an independent television production company. PBS does not fund this nightly program or supervise its production, but we expect our producers to provide a workplace where people feel safe and are treated with dignity and respect.”

“It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior,” he said. “I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken.”

A Bloomberg spokesperson told iMediaEthics by e-mail, “We are deeply disturbed to learn of these allegations and are immediately suspending the show from airing on Bloomberg TV and radio.”

iMediaEthics has written to CBS News for more information about the suspensions.

“The women were employees or aspired to work for Rose at the “Charlie Rose” show from the late 1990s to as recently as 2011,” the Washington Post reported. “They ranged in age from 21 to 37 at the time of the alleged encounters. Rose, 75, whose show airs on PBS and Bloomberg TV, also co-hosts ‘CBS This Morning’ and is a contributing correspondent for ’60 Minutes.'”

Read the Post‘s report for the details.

The New York Times suspended White House reporter Glenn Thrush today after Vox reported four women, including its reporter, accused him of sexual misconduct, as iMediaEthics reported.

MSNBC and NBC News fired Mark Halperin last month after allegations of sexual harassment.

Earlier this month, NPR’s head of news Michael Oreskes resigned after he was accused of sexual harassment.

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