The George Zimmerman trial jury selection begins Monday and several Miami news outlets have scored courtroom seats to cover every minute detail.
Twenty four news outlets have seats behind the defense, of them four have been assigned to Miami news outlets. WTVJ, WPLG, WSVN each got a seat, also joined by the Miami Herald except WFOR, they’ll have to rely on CBS.
WPLG has reporter Christina Vazquez covering the trial, and a special ‘Zimmerman Trial’ section on Local10.com. Kevin Ozebek be reporting for WSVN, and WTVJ enlisted has someone but no info yet who it is.
Comcast reported its NBC-owned television stations, like WTVJ, had a whopping 18.5% revenue decline in the first quarter of 2013 compared to Q1 2012. Contrast that with WPLG parent company Post-Newsweek reporting today a 5% Q1 revenue increase, and Fisher Communications in Seattle, reporting 12% increase. Comcast blame the decline on NBC’s low ratings, which placed the network in 5th place behind Univision and even the CW on some nights. So do not be surprised if you hear NBC wants to increase the monthly fee on cable and satellite TV subscribers.
And it gets even worse.
News broke tonight that George Zimmerman’s lawyers have filed a defamation lawsuit against the NBC network over the edited 911 tape from the night of the shooting which made Zimmerman appear racist and for falsely claiming he used a racial epithet.
Named in the lawsuit are NBC reporter Ron Allen who aired a report that claimed Zimmerman used a racial epithet. Lilia Luciano who was a correspondent for NBC News based in South Florida and who NBC fired over using the edited 911 tape in her reports. As well as former WTVJ investigative journalist Jeff Burnside, SFLTV broke the news Burnside was fired for using the edited 911 Zimmerman tape in his report.
The lawsuit asks for unspecified damages from NBC Universal and the named defendants. News reports that got a response from NBC quote a network spokesperson saying NBC intends to vigorously defend itself against the accusations.
George Zimmerman’s defense has set up a website with info on the lawsuit
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