Channel 7 General Manager Mike Nurse said Thursday that a breakdown in the news department’s checks and balances led to the repeated broadcast of an expletive in a report on the station’s 11 p.m. newscast Wednesday about the racist viral video in Cheektowaga that made worldwide news.
“Unfortunately the reporter utilized the incorrect video – instead of the video without sound as previously directed,” wrote Nurse. “It was an unfortunate mistake and the anchors immediately apologized. The story was finished at the last minute due to a tech issue that resulted in a breakdown of established checks and balances. We are addressing internally and with the FCC as necessary.”
Channel 7 anchor Keith Radford quickly apologized for airing the expletive in a story about the racist rant from a woman identified as Janelle Ambrosia directed at an African-American man in his motor vehicle. The FCC could consider giving Channel 7 a fine for airing the expletive, which starts with the sixth letter of the alphabet.
Nurse confirmed that the reporter who used the incorrect video was Kendra Eaglin. He wouldn’t say if she was being disciplined. “We are reviewing and will handle internally,” wrote Nurse.