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WCTI-12, ABC (TV Station)

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Fake TV News: A CMD Special Report
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This article is part of the Center for Media and Democracy's special report, Fake TV News: Widespread and Undisclosed.
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WCTI-12 is a New Bern, North Carolina television station and an affiliate of the ABC television network.

Station Owner

Lamco Communications

Use of Video News Releases and/or Satellite Media Tours

In the 7am news bulletin on November 26, 2005 the station broadcast an uncut video news release produced by D S Simon Productions for the Panasonic, Namco and Techno Source on high-tech gift ideas. The VNR was produced for Robin Raskin. [1]

In the 5.30 am news bulletin on December 21, 2005 the station broadcast an edited and re-voiced video news release (VNR) produced by MultiVu for the Sallie Mae on financial aid application tips. [2]

In the 7am news bulletin on February 12, 2006 the station broadcast an uncut version of a video news release produced by D S Simon Productions for DaimlerChrysler on child passenger safety. [3]

The station was documented airing a video news release by the Center for Media and Democracy, in its November 2006 report "Still Not the News: Stations Overwhelmingly Fail to Disclose VNRs. [4]

Contact Details

News Channel 12
PO Box 12325
New Bern, NC 28561
Phone: (252) 638-1212
Fax: (252) 637-4141
Web: http://www.wcti12.com/

SourceWatch Resources

External links

  • Diane Farsetta and Daniel Price, "Fake TV News: Widespread and Undisclosed: A multimedia report on television newsrooms' use of material provided by PR firms on behalf of paying clients", Center for Media and Democracy, April 6, 2006.