NBC News Apologizes To Affiliates Over Moment Of Silence Decision

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By Alex Weprin Comment

NBC News has apologized to its affiliates for airing a segment with reality star Kris Jenner (from NBC’s corporate sibling E!) instead of the 9/11 moment of silence on Tuesday. The New York Times Bill Carter notes that the network did not and has no plans to apologize for its editorial decision, but did apologize to the affiliates for the uproar it caused.

Mr. Capus sent his memo to NBC Affiliate Corporation Group executives, and began by citing the extensive coverage “Today” provided Wednesday to the attacks on the American embassies in Libya and Egypt. Then he added: “Yesterday, we made an editorial call resulting in the Sept, 11 moment of silence not being seen. While we dedicated a substantial amount of airtime to anniversary events, we still touched a nerve with many of your viewers … and for that we apologize.”