AceShowbiz - PBS has found a program replacement for Charlie Rose's late-night interview program after the host was involved in sexual harassment scandal. The public broadcaster announced on Monday evening, December 4 that Christiane Amanpour's "Amanpour" would take over Rose' former PBS time slot on an interim basis.
"Christiane Amanpour is a fearless and uncompromising journalist," Neal Shapiro, president and CEO of WNET, said in a statement. "We are pleased to welcome her to the PBS system and are gratified to offer this thorough and responsible news program to viewers nationwide."
"Featuring conversations with global leaders and decision makers on the issues affecting the world today, 'Amanpour on PBS' adds to the long tradition of public affairs programming that has been a hallmark of public media for decades," PBS CEO Paula Kerger said in a statement.
"Amanpour", which currently airs on CNN International, will air beginning on Monday at 11 to 11.30 P.M. on the network and will roll out on PBS stations beginning December 11. The show will continue to air on CNN International.
In addition, PBS and WNET are said to be "finalizing plans for a second public affairs program to follow 'Amanpour' on PBS in the 11.30 P.M. half hour time slot, rounding out the hour." However, the network and the flagship New York station refuse to detail about who will host or produce the planned program.
Meanwhile, "CBS This Morning" reportedly is considering to set a successor for former co-host Rose. The program currently taps several CBS journalists to fill in for him in weekly basis.
PBS suspended Rose after eight woman accused him of making non-consensual sexual advances. In a bombshell report published by The Washington Post, the women, who were employees or aspired to work for Rose at the "Charlie Rose" show from the late 1990s to as recently as 2011, ranged in age from 21 to 37 at the time they were sexually harassed by the "CBS This Morning" co-host. They alleged that the TV host made lewd phone calls, walked around naked in their presence as well as groped their breasts, buttocks or genital areas.