Ozy Media, the embattled firm that introduced final week that it would shut down after The New York Instances reported that it had misled potential investors and partners, will attempt to maintain working, Carlos Watson, its chief govt and a co-founder, stated Monday.
In an interview Monday morning on NBC’s “As we speak” present, Mr. Watson in contrast his firm to Lazarus, the biblical determine Jesus raised from the lifeless, and to Tylenol, the drug model that regained customers’ belief after seven individuals died in 1982 after being poisoned by capsules that had been laced with cyanide.
“We’re going to open for enterprise, so we’re making information right now,” Mr. Watson instructed the anchor, Craig Melvin. “That is our Lazarus second, if you’ll, that is our Tylenol second. Final week was traumatic, it was tough, heartbreaking in some ways.”
Mr. Watson additionally conceded in an interview on CNBC on Monday that the corporate had misled its personal employees and visitors about the place a program produced by Ozy, “The Carlos Watson Present,” would air, claiming it might seem on the cable channel A&E.
“That was incorrect,” he stated. “I don’t know if that was a mistake or that was intentional.”
The present is accessible on YouTube and the Ozy web site, which stays on-line, though journalists who labored there stated they had been not employed by the corporate.
In a press release on Friday, the corporate’s board praised the “devoted employees,” including, “It’s due to this fact with the heaviest of hearts that we should announce right now that we’re closing Ozy’s doorways.”