KTVU apologizes for blunder; Anchor Tori Campbell says sorry

KTVU Channel Two and news anchor Tori Campbell have both apologized for misreporting the ill-fated Asiana Flight 214 pilots’ names.

KTVU Channel Two news anchor Tori Campbell
KTVU Channel Two news anchor Tori Campbell
“Earlier in the newscast we gave some names of pilots involved in the Asiana Airlines crash. These names were not accurate despite an NTSB official in Washington confirming them late this morning. We apologize for the error,” said KTVU, a CNN affiliate in Oakland, California, during the broadcast.

The station also issued a statement on its website.

“Nothing is more important to us than having the highest level of accuracy and integrity, and we are reviewing our procedures to ensure this type of error does not happen again,” KTVU said online.

Campbell, who anchors “The KTVU Channel Two News at Noon,” turned to Twitter to apologize for the news blunder.

“Apologies to all upset by a story on Noon News,” she tweeted. “A serious mistake was made @KTVU. My thoughts are w/victims of Flt 214 & families.”

KTVU news blunder' names
KTVU's news blunder
Earlier, Campbell innocently read: “KTVU has just learned the names of the four pilots who were on board the flight. They are Captain Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk, and Bang Ding Ow.”

But she’s not to blame. Netizens who are familiar with broadcasting said her producer and news editor are the ones that should be held responsible for putting on her teleprompter the bogus information, which the National Transportation Safety Board denied it provided.

In a statement posted on NTSB’s website, the Office of Public Affairs apologized “for inaccurate and offensive names that were mistakenly confirmed as those of the pilots of Asiana flight 214, which crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6.”

“In response to an inquiry from a media outlet, a summer intern acted outside the scope of his authority when he erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew on the aircraft,” it stated.

In an interview, NTSB spokeswoman Kelly Nantel insisted that the prank did not originate from them.

“The names were presented by the station, to the intern for confirmation,” she reportedly said. “The intern did not make up the names and provide them to the station.”

A double whammy for KTVU? What do you think?