Jurors told the Fulton County Daily Report that memos between network executives outlining an aggressive push by CNN to place minorities in designated jobs were troubling, but were not enough to prove that CNN had discriminated specifically against Kolbe, who is white, and was 42 at the time CNN declined to renew her contract.
The jurors also said they were not convinced that the hiring of six anchors of South Asian origin in order to tailor international broadcasts to a South Asian audience influenced the network’s decision not to renew Kolbe’s contract, the news report said.
However, jury forewoman Kathy Fuller told the newspaper, “We think she [Kolbe] was treated badly. … There was no question they [CNN] did her wrong.”
CNN spokesman Nigel Pritchard told the Daily Report, “We are obviously pleased with the jury’s verdict. It not only shows that CNN does not discriminate, but also validates CNN’s commitment to diversity.”