In what Broadcast & Cable magazine described as a case of "you report, we decide," both Fox News and CNN relied heavily on video and cell-phone reports from citizens close to the scene of the Minneapolis bridge collapse on Wednesday. CNN alone aired 96 "I-Reports" from the accident scene, the trade publication said. (It was not clear whether these aired exclusively on the cable channel or whether some aired on CNN's website -- or on both.) Fox News boasted that it hit the air ahead of its rivals at 7:31 p.m. with footage from Fox affiliate KMSP. CNN followed four minutes later and aired its first "I-Report," an interview with an eyewitness, at 7:45 p.m. On Thursday, CNN got a big break when it received security-camera footage of the actual collapse of the bridge. Later in the evening, Charles Gibson anchored ABC's World News from a helicopter flying over the collapsed bridge.




03/08/2007