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KTVU Airs Show About Korean Americans as Part of Apology for Asiana Airlines Gaffe

Kwon_KTVUKTVU, the San Francisco Bay Area market FOX affiliate, aired a special highlighting prominent Korean Americans last Saturday in an attempt to reach out to the community after its much publicized reporting of “joke” Asian sounding names in the Asiana Airlines crash last July.

The show titled “Success Makers” featured Yul Kwon as host. Kwon, a past winner of “Survivor,” interviewed guests like Daniel Dae Kim from “Lost” and “Hawaii Five-O” as well as Gideon Yu the president of the 49ers.

“I’m glad they did the show, but let’s face it – it was in response to the backlash they got from Asiana,” Ravi Kapur, a local vice president of the Asian American Journalists Association, told SFGate.

KTVU general manager Tom Raponi told TVSpy, “…the special did grow out of our efforts to reach out to the Korean community following our correction and apology. Like all television stations, we air a variety of community programming, and we were happy to air this special when Korean community leaders raised the idea.” Read more

Amber Eikel Joins KTVU as Managing Editor

Amber Eikel has been named managing editor at KTVU, the Fox affiliate in San Francisco. Her first day will be September 30.

Eikel comes from KTVU sister station KIRO, Cox’s CBS affiliate in Seattle, where she has been an executive producer for the past two years. She has also worked as an EP at KTNV in Las Vegas and as a senior writer and producer at WTMJ in Milwaukee.

“We are very fortunate to have someone of Amber’s caliber in the Cox Media Group family. Her great work at KIRO and previous experience covering big stories will make her a great leader here at KTVU,” news director Lee Rosenthal said in a statement.

Her hire comes on the heels of staff upheaval at KTVU related to the station reporting fake names of the Asiana Airlines flight 214 pilots.

More from KTVU after the jump. Read more

Ed Chapuis Joins KTXL as News Director

Ed Chapuis is joining Sacramento Fox affiliate KTXL as vice president and news director. His first official day at the station will be Monday.

It is a return to Sacramento for Chapuis, who spent more than a decade at NBC affiliate KCRA. Most recently, he was news director of KTVU, the Fox affiliate in San Francisco.

“His experience and tenure at #1 ranked stations in both the Bay Area and, more importantly, here in Sacramento will prove to be invaluable for our station,” KTXL general manager Jerry Del Core said in a statement.  “He will take FOX40 to new heights.”

Chapuis replaces Brandon Mercer, who left KTXL earlier this year. Read more in the official announcement after the jump. Read more

Source in KTVU Gaffe Reportedly an Ex-Pilot

KTVU‘s source of the fake names for the pilots of Asiana Airlines flight 214 was an ex-pilot familiar to the San Francisco Fox affiliate, Bay Area media blogger Rich Lieberman reports.

The source of the names, which were read by anchor Tori Campbell on a newscast last month, has been the cause of much speculation. The source, who had reportedly “worked with KTVU in the past and was considered to be trustworthy,” sent the names to the station electronically, via email or text, according to Lieberman.

Three producers were fired in the aftermath of the incident. Lieberman also reports that one other person who approved the names, the station’s managing editor, remains at KTVU.

TVSpy’s requests for comment to KTVU and to Roland DeWolk, one of the producers fired over the incident, were not returned.

‘My Hard-Earned Reputation is Intack,’ Says Producer Fired from KTVU

Roland De Wolk, one of three producers reportedly let go from San Francisco Bay Area FOX affiliate KTVU, said he doesn’t think being connected to the on-air gaffe that went viral will affect his career.

“My hard-earned reputation is intack (sic),” De Wolk told The Wrap‘s Sara Morrison. “There are lawyers, so eager as I am to anser (sic) all questions, I must refrain.”

De Wolk talked about the spelling errors with TVSpy, “Naturally, I know what it’s like to be on deadline and out of professional courtesy I quickly responded on my iPhone to Ms. Morrison’s request for comment.” Read more

KTVU Fires Three Producers Over Asiana Airlines Mistake

San Francisco Fox affiliate KTVU has fired three producers involved with reporting fake names of the Asiana Airlines flight 214 pilots.

Investigative producer Roland DeWolk, special projects producer Cristina Gastelu and producer Brad Belstock — who tweeted “oh shit!” immediately after the names were read on the air — have been fired, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The employees’ names were first reported by San Francisco media blogger Rich Lieberman.

The Chronicle reports a fourth producer on the noon newscast, Elvin Sledge, is leaving the station for health reasons.

Anchor Tori Campbell read the fake names, which included Sum Ting Wong, Ho Lee Fuk and Bang Ding Ow, on the noon newscast July 12. The station apologized later in the newscast and released a written apology later that evening, saying the names were confirmed by the NTSB. The NTSB said a summer intern had “acted outside the scope of his authority” and confirmed the names.

Earlier this week, KTVU filed copyright claims to remove video of the gaffe from YouTube. General manager Tom Raponi told TVSpy that the mistake was insensitive and offensive and “continuing to show the video is also insensitive and offensive.” Social media journalist Matthew Keys filed counterclaims with YouTube on fair use grounds; some of the videos have since been restored.

KTVU did not immediately respond to TVSpy’s request for comment.

>Update: “It is KTVU’s policy to not comment on any personnel issues,” general manager Tom Raponi told TVSpy in an email.

Poll Results: KTVU Shouldn’t Have Pulled YouTube Video

The results are in on yesterday’s poll asking whether KTVU made the right call in pulling the YouTube video of anchor Tori Campbell reading the fake crew names of the crashed Asiana Airlines flight 214.

Nearly two-thirds of the 432 readers who voted said the San Francisco Bay Area FOX affiliate made the wrong call to claim copyright on the YouTube video.

Smart or Not? KTVU Blocks Fake Pilot Name Video from YouTube

KTVU has made the wrong move     56.94%

KTVU has made the right move        39.81%

Some left us comments disagreeing with the station’s decision. One commenter wrote, “Lame attempt to put the genie back in the bottle.” While another said, “Classic hypocritical thinking. We can report on you but you can’t report on us.”

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POLL: Smart or Not? KTVU Has Video of Fake Asiana Pilot Names Pulled from YouTube

KTVU is exerting its copyright claim on YouTube videos showing anchor Tori Campbell reading fake names identifying the pilots of Asiana flight 214.

>UPDATE: KTVU vice president and general manager Tom Raponi responded to TVSpy’s question about pulling the videos saying, “The accidental mistake we made was insensitive and offensive.  By now, most people have seen it.  At this point, continuing to show the video is also insensitive and offensive, especially to the many in our Asian community who were offended.  Consistent with our apology, we are carrying through on our responsibility to minimize the thoughtless repetition of the video by others.”

The YouTube videos embedded on media websites, including TVSpy, showing Campbell reading the names ”Captain Sum Ting Wong,” Wi Tu Lo,” “Ho Lee Fuk,” and “Bang Ding Ow,” have been replaced with the notice, “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by KTVU.”

While some media bloggers think removing the videos may be the wrong move for the Cox owned San Francisco Bay Area FOX affiliate, we want to know what you think:

Asiana Airlines Will Not Pursue KTVU Lawsuit

Asiana Airlines has decided not to pursue a lawsuit against KTVU, the San Francisco station that reported false and racially offensive names of the pilots of flight 214, Reuters reports.

“Asiana Airlines has decided not to proceed with the case since KTVU has issued a formal apology and in order for us to focus all our efforts on managing the aftermath of the accident,” the airline said in a statement.

KTVU has apologized for the fake pilot names, which included “Sum Ting Wong,” “Wi Tu Low” and “Ho Lee Fuk.” Asiana Airlines, which also considered legal action against the NTSB for its involvement in the incident, said a lawsuit would send a strong response to the “racially discriminatory report.”

Poynter: KTVU’s Apology ‘Teaches Journalists How to Accept Responsibility’

In the aftermath of KTVU reporting fake and racially offensive names of the Asiana Airlines flight 214 pilots, Poynter’s Al Tompkins says the San Francisco Fox affiliate did a few things right. Tompkins writes that KTVU’s swift and numerous apologies were “an approach that other journalists should replicate” after making mistakes:

KTVU has never hidden from its mistake. It corrected the story quickly, on the same newscast where the mistake was made. The station corrected the story online, it apologized on subsequent newscasts, and station management issued apologies.

[...] It seems to me that the station did what journalists should do when they make a mistake; they scramble to make it as right as they can. I think KTVU teaches journalists how to accept responsibility. It is not an excuse for making mistakes, and the station won’t get a second chance to make the same mistake.

Asiana Airlines said yesterday it would sue KTVU for the “racially discriminatory report.” Calling the lawsuit threat “idiotic,” Erik Wemple of the Washington Post breaks down the chances of the airline winning a lawsuit against the station: Read more

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