KTVU producers fired over fake Asiana Airlines pilot names

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KTVU has fired three veteran producers after the San Francisco Bay Area news station identified the pilots involved in the Asiana Air crash at SFO with fake names.

While the names — Capt. Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk and Bang Ding Ow. — created a YouTube hit, the blunder was a huge embarrassment for the station and offended many.

According to sfgate.com, KTVU fired investigative producer Roland DeWolk, special projects producer Cristina Gastelu and producer Brad Belstock after an internal investigation into coverage of the July 6th crash.

KTVU’s coverage, which was largely stellar, suffered the black eye during their noon newscast on July 12 when anchor Tori Cambell said, “KTVU has just learned the names of the four pilots who were on board,” and proceeded to read the names off the prompter.

Clearly flustered, she offered an on-air retraction and explained to viewers that the names had been given by the NTSB itself.  The NTSB has also since apologized for the “inaccurate and offensive names,” and fired a summer intern involved in the incident.

The horrific Asiana Air Flight 214 crash left three people dead and more than 180 injured.


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