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US network replaces shamed anchor with another man

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US channel announced that its shamed millionaire anchor, sacked for alleged sexual harassment, had been replaced by another man after its higher-rated rival appointed a woman. John Dickerson, 49, will join "This Morning" as a co-host on Wednesday, taking the hot seat alongside co-stars and Norah O'Donnell, the network announced. He replaces Charlie Rose, one of a slew of highly- paid, powerful men in the world of media and entertainment to lose their jobs as the reckons with a sexual harassment watershed. Dickerson joined in 2009 and was the network's for six years, moderating two presidential debates during the 2016 presidential campaign. His appointment comes after named to replace its own shamed morning star, Matt Lauer, on "Today," currently the most watched morning cable show in the NBC's decision to have two women hosts broke with the traditional male-female line-up and won plaudits against a backdrop of calls for women to be promoted given the growing scrutiny over behavior in the workplace. "This has to be the most popular decision that has ever made," said "Today" co-anchor Savannah Guthrie last week. The firestorm of sexual misconduct allegations engulfing the also upended the careers of Hollywood titan and winner Kevin Spacey.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 01:50 IST
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