Two newscasts from Anchorage’s CBS news affiliate, KTVA-TV Channel 11, were canceled Wednesday so staff could deal with fallout from a phone message left by a station employee on the voice mail of a staff member working on Senate candidate Joe Miller’s campaign Oct. 28, the station announced on its website.
Wednesday’s 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. broadcasts were canceled because of time constraints related to an internal discussion on journalistic ethics, according to a message the station’s general manager, Jerry Bever, posted at KTVA.com.
Bever also read the statement on the air before the scheduled 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts. Programming then switched to reruns of “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
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Bever said the 10 p.m. newscast would go on as scheduled.
Two days after the voice mail message was inadvertently left, the Miller campaign released a recording of the message, a conversation between two station employees that includes a reference to the possibility of child molesters at a Miller event.
The campaign claimed the conversation contained evidence of media bias against Miller, as did ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Fox News.
Read More: By CASEY GROVE, Anchorage Daily News