Couric, Lauer Should Have Been Informed Of Balloon Accident

By Brian 

The Lost Remote newsletter brings you the the best in streaming news, from staffing changes to premiere dates to trailers—to the latest platform moves. Sign up today.

“If it was possible for NBC’s cable network, MSNBC, to report the [Macy’s parade] accident — before NBC’s own parade coverage ended — then someone should have gotten a word” to Matt Lauer and Katie Couric, Richard Huff says.

“Instead, NBC left Lauer and Couric journalistically dangling and, as a result, risked their credibility with viewers.”

> Also: “Word from inside NBC was they stayed mum because no one told them what was going on. They just knew that the giant M&M’s balloon never made it to Herald Square…Couric didn’t learn about the accident until she was off the air, and Lauer apparently found out when he got home.”

> Update: 1:06pm: “What a load of hooey. Katie and Matt didn’t know,” an e-mailer says. “Why not? Because they were too busy reading from their scripts about the adventures of M&M’s? Anyone who knows television and live broadcasts knows perfectly well that the producers were watching the breaking news coverage — and surely explained to the anchors why Mr M&M wasn’t going to make it to the finish line…”