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US TV network apologise for showing live 'suicide'

Published on Sep 29, 2012 7:21 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A high-speed chase turned ugly for Fox News on Friday when it televised - live - a fleeing carjacking suspect shooting himself in the head in the Arizona desert.

Twitter exploded in reaction to the real-time broadcasting flub, while video of the graphic incident briefly found its way onto YouTube, as a badly shaken senior Fox News anchorman apologised profusely.

"We really messed up and we're all very sorry," said anchorman Shepard Smith, who told viewers that a five-second delay in the live feed ought to have enabled the graphic scene to be stopped before going on air.

"That didn't belong on TV," Mr Smith said. "We took every precaution we knew how to take to keep that from being on TV. And I personally apologise to you that that happened... That won't happen again on my watch." It was not immediately known whether the unidentified suspect was alive or dead, but that did not discourage Twitter users from proclaiming that Fox News, part of Rupert Murdoch's media empire, had telecast a "suicide" as it happened.

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