OAKLAND (CBS SF) – A Bay Area TV news report which listed racially-offensive, fake Asiana Airline pilot names has cost three veteran staff members their jobs.
KTVU-TV has fired investigative producer Roland De Wolk, special projects producer Cristina Gastelu and producer Brad Belstock over their roles in the phony news report on the names of the pilots involved in the crash of Asiana flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport.READ MORE: Silicon Valley Antivirus Software Mogul John McAfee Found Dead in Spanish Prison Cell After Extradition to U.S. Approved
The firings were first reported by Bay Area media blogger Rich Lieberman.
The July 12th KTVU report turned into a Internet sensation with clips of the broadcast quickly spreading across YouTube and social media.
KTVU’s parent company, Cox Communications has recently sent copyright infringement notices to YouTube demanding that the video clips be removed.READ MORE: Campaign Pushing Navy To Name Warship After Medal Of Honor-Winning Filipino Sailor
Sources told KCBS and KPIX 5 political reporter Phil Matier that the fake names – which had been floating around the Internet days prior to the TV report – were emailed to KTVU by an expert source who had provided information to the station in the past.