This past weekend viewers flocked to KTVU Channel 2 News for coverage of the tragic crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).
KTVU Channel 2 News owned this breaking news story with a number of firsts!
- First on-air.
- First on-line.
- First with alerts to mobile devices.
- First on Twitter & Facebook.
- First with aerial shots from KTVU NewsChopper 2.
- First with a live reporter from the scene.
- First live interview with anyone connected to someone on the flight.
“Being first on air and on every platform in all aspects of our coverage was a great accomplishment, but being 100% accurate, effectively using our great sources and social media without putting a single piece of erroneous information on our air, is what we are most proud of as a newsroom,” said Lee Rosenthal, KTVU News Director.
KTVU Channel 2 News broke into regular programming at 12:13pm with Anchor Frank Somerville. The next local station didn’t come on-air until 12:39pm; 26 minutes after KTVU hit the air with live aerial shots and phoners from the scene.
KTVU’s coverage was even picked up by the ABC National News – instead of their own affiliate (KGO). The ABC National News repeatedly used aerial footage from KTVU NewsChopper 2 during their 30 minute Special Report. KGO didn’t hit the air with local coverage until 1:11pm – 58 minutes later than KTVU.
“I’m very proud of our talented team of reporters, anchors and behind the scenes staff from numerous departments who responded within moments of this unfortunate tragedy. In breaking news situations like this it’s not only our job to give information but to make sure it’s accurate information. Viewers came to us all day on-air, on-line and on their mobile devices as the most trusted source of information for this tragic event. It’s a responsibility we take very seriously,” said Tom Raponi, KTVU/KICU Vice President & General Manager.
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