NEW YORK (CNNMoney) – Ronan Farrow worked for NBC News when he began investigating Harvey Weinstein. But his coverage of the bomb ended up in the New Yorker instead. What happened? It has always been a mystery.
Now he's getting ready to say something.
Farrow writes a book called "Catch and Kill," a new look at his coverage of Harvey Weinstein and other men who abused power. The book contract was announced on Friday.
"Despite the enormity of the conversation that co-founded his coverage, some of the most amazing revelations about what he has uncovered are yet to come," said Little, Brown publisher Reagan Arthur in a statement.
One of these disclosures will include NBC, according to a person who knows the book business.
Farrow has been waiting to tell his side of NBC history ̵
Last fall on CNN's "Reliable Sources," he said, "I do not want to become history now, more could be said later."
His book is the "later". Farrow will detail his interactions with executives from NBC News.
Farrow began interviewing in early and mid-2017, believing his Weinstein investigation was ready to be broadcast. But NBC disagreed. Essentially, the network told him that he should do the story elsewhere.
He did and The New Yorker released it in October 2017, just days after the New York Times published its own research on Weinstein. The two publications recently received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in recognition of the coverage.
In the Halls of NBC, some co-workers consider the episode a huge and embarrassing missed opportunity.
Farrow left NBC and he has continued to break stories for the New Yorker. Earlier this week, he published a story about abuse allegations that led to the resignation of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
There have been conflicting reports about why NBC submitted the Weinstein investigation.
Did not the executives of the network have the courage to face the inevitable legal threats? Are you trying to protect relationships in Hollywood? Did you just think that the complicated story fits better to a long or a print format? Or were there other reasons?
The official response at the time, according to NBC News President Noah Oppenheim, was, "We did not feel like we had all the elements we needed to broadcast them."
"We supported him and provided him with resources to report this story over many, many months," said Oppenheim. "The idea that we would try to cover a powerful person is deeply offensive to all of us."
Farrow apparently has another report. He pointed that out when he responded to journalist Yashar Ali's tweet on Friday: "NBC leaders doubt Ronan Farrow's ability to report a story is one of the biggest mistakes a news organization has made in the last decade."
Farrow replied, "It's not what happened at NBC.
Last month Farrow published his first book "War on Peace" about the state of American diplomacy.
He's already started writing "Catch and Kill".
In a statement on Friday he said: "It was important to me to focus on the survivors of sexual violence who risked so much talking to me and other reporters whose work I admire said that the questions over the backstage mechanisms that repressed these revelations are legitimate – and that, if enough time had passed and I once gathered the evidence to tell this story, I would find a way to do it. "Catch and kill "is this story."
The publisher has not yet announced a release date.
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