KTVU-Channel 2 is claiming victory in last weekend's local television coverage of the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport.
Late Monday afternoon, the station issued a news release stating that it "owned" the story, based on a number of "firsts." KTVU claimed that it was the first Bay Area station to break news of the crash on the air and online, and that it was the first to issue it via mobile devices and social media.
In addition, the Channel 2 news team, the release said, was the first station to offer aerial shots of the crash and the first to deliver a live report from the scene.
KTVU said it broke into regular programming at 12:13 p.m. -- 26 minutes before the next local station came on.
"Being first on air and on every platform in all aspects of our coverage was a great accomplishment, but being 100 percent accurate, effectively using our great sources and social media without putting a single piece of erroneous information on our air, is what we are most proud of as a newsroom," said KTVU news director Lee Rosenthal.
The station claimed that its early coverage was even picked up by the ABC network, instead of ABC's own San Francisco-based affiliate, KGO.
KTVU, based in Oakland, delivered nine consecutive hours of crash coverage on Saturday and moved the Giants-Dodgers baseball game over to sister station KICU to accommodate the story.