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July 28, 2007
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Statement on Yesterday's Local TV Stations' Helicopter Crash

WASHINGTON, DC – NAB President and CEO David K. Rehr released the following statement today, following the deadly crash of two local television stations' helicopters in Phoenix.

Killed on board one helicopter were KTVK reporter-pilot Scott Bowerbank and photographer Jim Cox. Killed in the other helicopter were KNXV reporter-pilot Craig Smith and photographer Rick Krolak.

"NAB and the entire broadcast family mourns the loss of the journalists killed in the tragic Phoenix helicopter collision," said Rehr. "Broadcasters take seriously our role as first informers in providing viewers and listeners with breaking news and emergency information. This incident serves as a sobering reminder that the noble profession of journalism can often carry special risks."

KNXV is owned by E.W. Scripps. KTVK is owned by Belo Corp.

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