KTVA, the Alaska station which fired two producers last week, canceled its 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. evening news program Nov. 10 for an ethics meeting, the Associated Press reported.
The two producers were fired after they accidentally left a voicemail on the phone for a spokesperson for Joe Miller, Republician candidate for U.S. Senate. The message is somewhat garbled, but you can hear the journalists discussed “child molesters.”
“Events over the last week and a half have been challenging for our station,” general manager Jerry Bever is quoted as saying. “As the result of a conversation within our newsroom that was accidentally recorded and released to the public, our newsroom credibility has been called into question, and the public’s trust in us has been tested.
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“Our job as journalists carry a far greater responsibility than that of media personalities and pundits,” Bever reportedly said. “We have been given the public’s trust … now we must keep it.”