Fox station apologizes for focus on breasts in Women’s Day story

A Romenesko reader writes: “Fox station in Connecticut shows video of women’s breasts – and only breasts – in story about a Women’s History Month celebration. Appalling. Remember, this doesn’t happen by accident. I worked in TV News for 27 years. An editor and/or a producer had to select the video to cut, queue up and play for that story.”

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THE STATION HAS APOLOGIZED: “The video should never have aired. FOX CT will publicly apologize on today’s newscasts, as well as through our social media platforms. We are also implementing procedures to keep this from happening in the future.” (Here’s their Twitter apology.)

What they’re saying on Fox CT’s Facebook wall: “Someone had better be losing a job over this. Outrageous and juvenile and might I also add, typical of Fox networks.” …”You should be ashamed. Not only did you do it ONCE you did it AGAIN for the news update an HOUR later.”

I’ve asked news director Coleen Marren if anyone was disciplined for the report. I’ll post her response when/if she gets back to me.

UPDATE: The news director sends this email:

As we said yesterday, we sincerely apologize for this unfortunate mistake. An employee, using an automated system,coleen made an error in attaching the file footage from a computer-based system. It was extremely unfortunate but it was the result of human error. We have taken disciplinary action and are implementing training to avoid any errors like this in the future.

FOX CT is extremely sensitive to women’s issues. We are meeting with the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women early next week and will work together to promote the organization’s worthy and valuable mission.

* Fox CT apologizes for inappropriate Women’s Day story (courant.com) | Watch the Fox CT report (youtube.com)

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