NBC News Apologizes To Affiliates For Skipping 9/11 Moment Of Silence

09/13/2012 08:47 am ET | Updated Sep 13, 2012

NBC News is apologizing to its affiliates for subjecting them to the flood of criticism over the network's decision to skip the 9/11 moment of silence on Tuesday.

The network recently defended the move, but NBC News president Steve Capus acknowledged public scrutiny of the decision in a note to affiliate managers on Wednesday, the New York Times reported.

"Yesterday, we made an editorial call resulting in the Sept, 11 moment of silence not being seen," he wrote. "While we dedicated a substantial amount of airtime to anniversary events, we still touched a nerve with many of your viewers … and for that we apologize."

Capus did not apologize for the omission itself, however.

The network drew fire for airing its interview with "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star Kris Jenner instead of the moment of silence that commemorated when the first plane hit the World Trade Center. ABC, CBS, Fox News, MSNBC and CNN all carried the moment.

NBC News spoke out about the controversy, telling the Times that skipping the tribute was consistent with its 9/11 anniversary coverage. It said that with the exception of last year, it has not shown the moment since 2006.

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