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NYT Correspondent Injured in Iraq Helicopter Crash (TVNewser)
New York Times reporter Alissa Rubin was injured when the relief helicopter she was traveling in crashed Tuesday, killing the pilot. The helicopter was on a mission to aid Yazidi refugees in Iraq. FishbowlNY According to crash survivors, the helicopter went down shortly after takeoff. The cause of the incident has yet to be confirmed. NYT Rubin, 56, the Times’ Paris bureau chief and a longtime war correspondent, apparently suffered a concussion, at least one broken wrist and possibly some broken ribs but was conscious. Adam Ferguson, 35, a freelance photographer working for the Times who was accompanying Rubin, said via cellphone text that he suffered a sore jaw and some minor bumps. HuffPost Rubin has a long history of war reporting. She was the bureau chief for the Times in both Baghdad and Kabul before transferring to Paris. Time Iraqi parliamentarian Vian Dakhil was among the survivors of the crash. Dakhil garnered international attention for her impassioned pleas on the floor of Iraq’s parliament to deliver aide to tens of thousands of Yazidis, a religious minority that fled into the mountains as ISIS fighters advanced northward into the Kurdish region of Iraq. A Kurdish official told the Times that the cause of the crash appeared to have been an accident and that no ISIS fighters were seen in the area at the time.

Tribune Broadcasting Revenues Up 63 Percent (TVSpy)
Tribune Media reported $425.8 million in broadcasting segment revenues for the second quarter of 2014, a 63 percent increase compared to the year-ago quarter. THR The media firm reported earnings of $82.9 million, up from $66.3 million in the year-ago period. Revenue rose 23 percent to $894.5 million, helped by the recent acquisition of TV stations. Operating profit fell 32 percent to $61.3 million from $89.6 million, but other factors boosted the bottom line. WSJ The television and digital-media company recently completed the spinoff of its print operations, which include the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, joining a series of media companies to separate their television and print operations. Tribune Media also has boosted its television assets with its $2.73 billion deal to buy stations from Local TV Holdings LLC. Capital New York Tribune Publishing began life as a standalone newspaper company with a dip in earnings and revenues for the second quarter of 2014. The Chicago-based company reported net income of $15.2 million, down from $21.9 million during the same three-month period the previous year. Total revenues were down 3.8 percent to $429.9 million from $446.9 million.

Apologies Surround Coverage of Robin Williams’ Death (TVNewser)
The hours-long news coverage of the death of Robin Williams Monday night into Tuesday included some reporting and much eulogizing. And as often happens after unscripted live TV news coverage, apologies were made. Case in point: Shepard Smith. At the end of his hour-long special, the Fox News anchor read a quote from the late actor/comedian about his children. Smith then surmised: “But something inside you is so horrible, or you’re such a coward, or whatever the reason, that you decide you have to end it. Robin Williams, at 63, did that today.” Smith was immediately criticized for using the word “coward.” Mediaite Tuesday, Smith apologized for using the word “coward” and tried to clarify what he meant: “I spent an entire hour talking about how much this man affected people’s lives and brought greatness to this world. I was just wondering aloud what could have made this man want to end it all.” TVSpy Additionally, Monday night, San Francisco owned ABC station KGO tweeted out that it had “Live Aerials” of Robin Williams’ home after the actor was found dead from apparent suicide. The viewer reaction was swift and negative. ABC News apologized Tuesday for posting a live video stream of Williams’ house on ABCNews.com. “When we realized there was no news value to the live stream, we took it down immediately,” read ABC News’ apology. Deadline Hollywood Meanwhile, CNN had entertainment reporter Nischelle Turner apologize on the air quickly after she went with the “demons” cliché Monday, as she diagnosed Williams’ mental state at the time of his death.