Seattle Station Serves Up Dead Bodies for Breakfast

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Viewers that tuned into the Sunday morning newscast on KCPQ in Seattle saw a story of a SeaTac Council-member that was killed in a car accident.

Viewers knew she was killed, because the station showed her dead body laying in the street.

KCPQ News Director Erica Hill sent out this memo to the staff and it was obtained by FTVLive:

From: Hill, Erica
Sent: Monday, December 10, 2018 11:59 AM
To: Hill, Erica
Subject: We aired video of a dead body on Sunday morning

Weekend team –

On Sunday morning, we aired VO from the accident scene where a SeaTac Councilmember was killed – and in that VO, we aired footage of her dead body laying in the street (see the screengrab of what we aired below)

We should never show a dead body on our air.

We’ve gotten to the bottom of how it happened and it was clearly a mistake. But it wasn’t until hours later when it was noticed by the evening team and purged from our system.

So what concerns me the most is that either no one who saw it took action to ensure it did not air again OR no one reviewed it before airing OR no one noticed it as it aired. Any of those scenarios are unacceptable.

Each of you are gate keepers for what airs in our newscasts and need to ensure we don’t let mistakes like this happen. I know we are better than this.

Let’s just say, it’s been a bad week for the station…