Morning Media Newsfeed: AP Journalist Killed in Gaza | Williams 20/20 Special Draws 7.2 Million

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AP Video Journalist, Freelance Translator Killed in Gaza (FishbowlNY)
Simone Camilli and Ali Shehda Abu Afash — an Associated Press video journalist and a freelance translator, respectively — were killed in Gaza Wednesday while covering the conflict there. TVNewser Camilli, an Italian national, and Abu Afash, his Palestinian translator, were killed after ordnance left over from fighting in Gaza exploded. Following the news, AP president Gary Pruitt sent a note to the AP’s global staff about the dangers of their work. Associated Press / The Big Story Police said three police engineers also were killed. Four people, including AP photographer Hatem Moussa, were badly injured. Moussa told a colleague that they were filming the scene when an initial explosion went off. He said he was hit by shrapnel and began to run when there was a second blast, which knocked him out. He woke up in a hospital and later underwent surgery. NYT Camilli, 35, a video journalist based in Beirut, Lebanon, who started as an intern at The AP in 2005, was the first international journalist killed in the latest Gaza conflict. Abu Afash, 36, helped train local journalists through the Doha Center for Media Freedom and worked regularly with visiting foreign correspondents. BBC News The incident happened in the town of Beit Lahiya, in the north of the Gaza Strip. It came hours before a three-day ceasefire agreed between Israel and the Palestinians was due to expire. Some 2,000 people have died since the fighting in Gaza began on July 8. Those killed include more than 1,900 Palestinians, mostly civilians, according to the UN.

7.2 Million Watch 20/20 Robin Williams Special (TVNewser)
According to Nielsen overnight ratings, the ABC News 20/20 special The Life And Death of Robin Williams was watched by 7.18 million viewers, making it the No. 2 TV show of the night, and in the time period, behind NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Deadline Hollywood Featuring interviews with the actor by Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer plus the latest news on the investigation into Williams’ death, the one-hour special was hosted by David Muir. Compared to ABC’s last primetime 20/20 special, the June 9 Hillary Clinton interview, Tuesday night’s Williams tribute was up 56 percent among adults 18-49. Variety The network had been averaging about 3 million viewers in the Tuesday-at-10 hour with its regular programming this summer (Celebrity Wife Swap). Cable numbers for Tuesday weren’t available early Wednesday, but Monday saw a significant spike in viewership, especially among adults 25-54. A combined 1.465 million adults 25-54 were watching during any given primetime minute on either Fox News Channel (574,000), CNN (568,000), MSNBC (180,000) or HLN (143,000), a 77 percent spike from the previous week’s 826,000; CNN saw the biggest surge, more than tripling its week-ago Monday average. THR / The Live Feed The 20/20 special followed a steady Extreme Weight Loss (1.1 adults), giving ABC second-place status to NBC for the night.

NYT’s Rubin ‘in Stable Condition’ After Crash (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Alissa Rubin, the New York Times’ Paris bureau chief who was injured in a helicopter crash in northern Iraq on Tuesday, is “in stable condition” at the American hospital in Istanbul, executive editor Dean Baquet informed staff on Wednesday. HuffPost / AP An Iraqi military helicopter providing aid to people stranded on a mountain fleeing Sunni militants crashed on Tuesday, killing the pilot and injuring several people on board, including Rubin, who was inside the helicopter for a story. HuffPost The crash killed the pilot and injured several others, leaving Rubin with a reported concussion and broken wrists. Baquet told the newsroom that Rubin is now in the intensive care unit in Istanbul. Poynter / MediaWire Adam Ferguson, the freelancer who was with Rubin when the helicopter crashed, “has aches and pains that he describes as minor,” Baquet said. The photographer Moises Saman, who was on assignment for Time, was aboard the same helicopter and got away with only a cut, he told Dan Kedmey.