This is truly one of the most spectacular pranks anyone ever pulled. So epic people getting fired is not out of line, especially since innocent people lost their lives. This incident also shines a light on how many media companies depend on, use, and possibly exploit interns by putting them in positions with high responsibility, little supervisor and usually no compensation.
KTVU producers fired over Asiana pilots’ fake names
Matier & Ross | www.sfgate.com | Wednesday, July 24, 2013
KTVU-TV has dismissed at least three veteran producers over the on-air gaffe involving the fake names of those Asiana airline pilots that became an instant YouTube hit – and a major embarrassment to the station.
Station sources confirmed late Wednesday that investigative producer Roland DeWolk, special projects producer Cristina Gastelu and producer Brad Belstock were all sent packing following an in-house investigation into the July 12 broadcast of four fake names of the pilots involved in the Asiana Flight 214 crash at San Francisco International Airport on July 6.
A fourth – noon news producer Elvin Sledge – told colleagues he was leaving for health reasons.