CBS Streaming ‘9/11’ Online

Sep 11, 2006  •  Post A Comment

CBS is streaming online its Peabody Award-winning special “9/11” this week to allow viewers who were in markets where it was delayed or pre-empted to view the program.

The two-hour special, which was re-broadcast Sept. 10, is available for free for one week on CBS.com. CBS affiliates in markets representing about 10 percent of the country chose to either pre-empt or delay the airing of the special, mostly due to concerns over language in the program.

The special profiles New York Fire Department’s Engine 7, Ladder 1, where filmmakers Jules and Gedeon Naudet and James Hanlon were making a documentary when the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center occurred. The filmmakers were able to get footage as the attacks happened and from within the North Tower before it fell.

Despite concerns that profanity uttered by firefighters may cause issues with decency watchdogs and the Federal Communications Commission, CBS decided to air “9/11” in the same manner it aired during its original network broadcasts on March 10, 2002, and Sept. 11, 2002.

The broadcast included audience warnings in the presentation. Robert De Niro, who again served as host, also alerted viewers to the graphic language.

New interviews, including many done with the firefighters who were featured in the original program, were featured in the most recent broadcast of “9/11.”