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KTVU Scrubs Video Of Fake Pilot Names, Meets With AAJA

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KTVU is continuing to carry out damage control after its hugely embarrassing report about the Asiana Flight 214 crash.

Earlier this month, the local Bay Area television station said that the names of the pilots on the flight were Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk and Bang Ding Ow. It was roundly condemned for the report, and apologized immediately.

Now, the station is issuing copyright infringement notices to take the footage down on Youtube. General manager Tom Raponi explained the move in a statement to TVSpy, saying that "continuing to show the video is also insensitive and offensive" and that the station was trying to "minimize the thoughtless repetition of the video by others."

Other called the move as "gutless," and an attempt to "erase embarrassing information from the Internet." Matthew Keys said that he has submitted counter notifications citing fair use of copyright law to prevent the footage from being taken down.

Representatives from KTVU also recently met the Asian American Journalists Association. According to an update from AAJA board member Tomoko A. Hosaka, "the station reiterated its deep remorse over the incident. It also resulted in concrete steps promised by KTVU to improve its journalistic practices and repair its relationship with the Asian American community."

Hosaka said that details about those initiatives will be forthcoming in the days ahead.

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