San Francisco’s KTVU-TV has reportedly fired three of its staffers over this month’s gaffe heard ’round the world, a.k.a. the time a local news station misidentified airplane crash pilots with stereotypical Asian jokes.
According to a local media writer, three producers — Brad Belstock, Christina Gastelu, and Roland DeWolk — were let go by the station this past Saturday.
For those who may not remember, the gaffe in question came during the July 12 broadcast when the on-air reporters identified the pilots of the crashed Asiana Airlines flight 214 as “Captain Sum Ting Wong,” “Wi Tu Lo,” “Ho Lee Fuk,” and “Bang Ding Ow.” Producer Belstock initially made news when he tweeted “Oh sh*t” around the same time the mistaken report went live.
The local media reporter cited an unidentified source with knowledge that the employee terminations came after a “major investigation” by Cox Media Group, the parent company of KTVU.
Relive the gaffe below, via KTVU:
[h/t The Desk]
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