Relations between corporate management and newsroom staff is somewhat adversarial to begin with, but it’s usually not that awful. In the case I mentioned above, management discussed the matter with some of the senior producers to get their input on the matter. The guy who slipped up was a little standoffish but generally liked by (and sometimes pitied by) most people in the newsroom, including other on-air talent. He’d been around forever and found his groove with the staff and crew. That lukewarm goodwill within the company probably cut 6 months off his suspension.
Absolutely. I call them the “talent” with no irony whatsoever. But even with the most polished professional screws up on-air; the holiday party gag reel wouldn’t exist without the bloopers.
The question is more one of severity of the screw-up and circumstances. In the case of the incident I was discussing, he was a doddering old guy whose career had started in one era and was about to end in another. He only lasted because he was beloved by the old folks in the audience. So allowances were made even before his colleagues intervened on his behalf.
This looks like a very different case.