KDVR News Director on Decision to Air KUSA Dog Bite Footage: ‘The Other Stations are Wimps’

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By Andrew Gauthier Comment

Shortly after a dog bit KUSA anchor Kyle Dyer on-air last week, the station’s news director, Patti Dennis, called up every news director in Denver and implored them not to air footage of the bite.

Dennis told TVSpy last week that she urged her fellow news directors to “show respect” because the video was “traumatic to people at KUSA.”

Despite Dennis’s pleading, one news director, KDVR‘s Ed Kosowski, decided to go ahead and air the footage.

“We had a spirited editorial debate in our newsroom and determined journalistically it was the right thing to do,” Kosowski told the Denver Post recently. “The other stations are wimps. They caved in to pressure from KUSA.”

KDVR, a Local TV-owned Fox-affiliate, aired footage of the bite last week, following the incident, and has continued to feature the footage while covering the latest developments in the story, including an exclusive interview this week with the dog’s owner.

“KUSA is overly sensitive,” Kosowski said.