NBC Station Expresses Regret for ‘Chicago Fire’ Episode

Dec 28, 2012  •  Post A Comment

An NBC station in Rochester, N.Y., said it regretted airing an episode of "Chicago Fire" that bore resemblances to a real-life Christmas Eve shooting in a nearby town, reports The New York Times’ Media Decoder.

Some viewers criticized NBC for airing the rerun because it depicted two firefighters who are pinned down by gunfire while aiding a victim of a gang shooting, the story says. Two firefighters were killed in Webster, N.Y., on Monday after a man set a fire, creating a trap, the piece notes.

The station, WHEC-TV, apparently heard from some viewers directly, according to the article.

"Last night, NBC, our network, ran an episode of ‘Chicago Fire’ that many in our community felt was insensitive in light of the Christmas Eve tragedy," said the station’s general manager, Derek Dalton, in a statement. "We understand and regret the timing of this episode. By no means did we, or NBC, intend any disrespect to the families or our community affected by the recent events in Webster."

An NBC representative declined to comment.


One Comment

  1. Do people realize that TV shows like CHICAGO FIRE are FICTION? Something written, produced & scheduled weeks, if not months, ago just happens to bear some resemblance to a real world event which, for some unknown reason, suddenly makes everyone involved insensitive. It’s perfectly understandable that some people are traumatized after the event but if a TV show appears on your television that reminds you of said trauma, TURN THE CHANNEL OR TURN IT OFF.

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