KTVU Apologizes For Bogus Asiana Flight Names

    July 15, 2013
    Amanda Crum
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KTVU, a San Francisco Bay station, has formally apologized for reading false names on-air that allegedly belonged to the crew members of Asiana Flight 214.

The names were displayed on the screen as anchor Tori Campbell read them aloud and included Captain Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk and Bang Ding Ow. Soon after, a video clip from the newscast went viral and caused public outcry at what some called a blatant disregard for respect, and the station blamed an intern for the mistake.

“We made several mistakes when we received this information. First, we never read the names out loud, phonetically sounding them out,” the apology read. “We have a lot of good people here at KTVU Channel 2. We pride ourselves on getting it right and having the highest of standards and integrity. Clearly, on Friday, that didn’t happen. So again, from everyone here at KTVU, we offer our sincerest apology.”

The plane crash has now claimed three lives after a girl succumbed to her injuries in intensive care; two other minor girls were killed, as well, one of whom was found in the path of a fire truck that had been spraying fire-retardant chemicals near the plane. Authorities say they are conducting an investigation as to whether she was killed in the plane crash or was run over by the truck.

  • tom

    So this is your highest standard?

  • Texas transplant

    KTVU apologized for their error. I feel it was an honest mistake. I lived in the Bay Area for over 30 years and I used to watch their news and I always found them to be very reliable. So they made a mistake, so accept their apology and move on, or are they just trying to collect money from the Americans for their stupid mistake?

  • Judith E. Avery

    Are you kidding me????? Those “names” were no accident! Highest standard ???? Where did any of them study broadcast journalism? I have a good name for their alma maters,but it’s not printable!

  • Former Bay Area Res.

    The fact that a “professional” TV newscaster would CHOOSE to read these names without reviewing the format makes her a candidate for “the road”.
    Secondly, the fact that the director for programming would ALLOW these names to even come close to the teleprompter makes him/her a dunce!
    Thirdly, the numskull who thought this was a cute, practical “joke” in the aftermath of a tragedy makes him/her unworthy to be breathing still.

    All in all, KTVU SHOULD suffer the legal blows for this one!

    • Really???

      Yeah, that is the solution. Sue. Like we don’t have enough of this crap going on.

      Sadly, that is the initial reaction to anything that we don’t like. Sue em. Pretty pathetic.