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[LISTEN] Primedia Broadcasting names former exec accused of misconduct

In a vague and terse statement, the company has moved to clarify that it first became aware of the allegations last week and not last year as mentioned on social media.

Mark Jakins, former Primedia former Chief Commercial Officer. Picture: Bizcommunity

JOHANNESBURG – Primedia Broadcasting CEO Omar Essack has named the senior executive who resigned after being presented with misconduct charges related to claims of sexually inappropriate behaviour as Mark Jakins.

Primedia Broadcasting says it received three complaints from staff members in the sales team last week regarding the behaviour of the senior executive at a recent staff function.

In a vague and terse statement, the company has moved to clarify that it first became aware of the allegations last week and not last year as mentioned on social media.

After becoming aware of the matter of gross misconduct, Primedia management then launched an investigation led by an external legal counsel.

The external expert concluded its investigation on Monday this week.

The charges were presented to the senior exco member, who has since resigned with immediate effect.

Jakins says he resigned from his position following sexual harassment allegations because he believed it would be in the best interest of the company and employees.

Jakins released a statement to Eyewitness News this morning.

He says it was brought to his attention on 15 February at an off-site work function in a public setting that he “conducted himself in a manner that was inconsistent with the high standards set by himself and Primedia broadcasting”.

Jakins says he apologised unreservedly to his team at the time and subsequently concluded that it was in the best interests of all, and out of respect for Primedia broadcasting, that he resigns immediately and pursue new interests.

He goes on to say media reports suggesting his involvement in other cases of sexual misconduct are without merit.

He has also asked for privacy during “this traumatic time”.

LISTEN: Primedia Broadcasting exec quits over gross misconduct claims

Eyewitness News is owned by Primedia Broadcasting.

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