Dateline Playa Vista
The Award Winning Report on the Gas and Cancer-Causing Health Hazards of Playa Vista Has Disappeared From the KNBC Website Completely.
Does Anyone Have A Copy?
Back in 2005 KNBC aired part 1 of a series on the gas and cancer-causing health problems at Playa Vista, called “Burning Questions”. This was a long report for a local station, something like 9 minutes. Some wags say that 9 minutes challenges the attention span of the average viewer, who can’t focus on anything more than 30 seconds. This series of 3 reports and 2 updates won the Peabody Award for excellence in television broadcasting. If you don’t know what the Peabody Award is, here’s the Wikipedia definition:
Part 1, the main report has disappeared from the KNBC website. We couldn’t find it on the net, even the great Grassroots Coalition links from their website are broken. In addition, the video from the 2 follow-up updates are also gone, although the transcripts are still there.
So here is another burning question: Why doesn’t KNBC keep their video on the net for this great report? One thought is that they are “out of room on their website”. If that is the case, why not delete some fluff, which they have plenty of these days, and keep the Peabody Award report on forever, especially now when the Playa Vista story is heating up again? In fact, the Playa Vista story is literally exploding, the gas flames shooting up 100 feet or more in the air and sending gas fumes out for miles, scaring residents of the area. Southland News Bureau is posting the video of Part 2 and Part 3 of the KNBC reports and is looking for a video clip of Part 1. Meanwhile, follow our own Southland News special reports on Playa Vista and other Los Angeles Oil and Gas hot spots.
Links to the NBC Stories on Burning Questions
Part 1 Aired May 25, 2005 Video Removed from KNBC site.
Burning Questions Update July 28, 2006 http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Burning_Questions_Investigation_Update.html(no video, only text)
Burning Questions Followup October 27, 2005 http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/October_2005_Burning_Questions_Followup.html(no video, only text)