KSCJ drops ABC affiliation over BPI flap

2012-07-24T18:05:00Z 2012-12-28T17:37:36Z KSCJ drops ABC affiliation over BPI flap Sioux City Journal
July 24, 2012 6:05 pm

SIOUX CITY | The talk station KSCJ-AM is switching its national news affiliation to CBS. The broadcaster had been an ABC station.

Station officials in a statement said they’re ending the relationship because of how ABC handled the controversy surrounding Beef Products Inc. The Dakota Dunes company earlier this year came under fire for its lean, finely textured beef. The product is made from bits of lean meat separated from fatty trimmings with ammonia hydroxide gas to kill bacteria.

ABC News ran stories that raised safety questions about the product.

BPI officials have repeatedly said the product is safe. The company was forced to lay off employees after sales dropped.

Dennis Bullock, general manager of station owner Powell Broadcasting, said ABC’s reports “hurt our community and helped lead to a loss of jobs at BPI. Many of our listeners were outraged by the stories on ABC and that helped us reach the decision to switch to CBS.”

Station officials also became concerned when ABC News initially linked the July 20 movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., to the Tea Party movement, the statement said.

KSCJ-AM, based at 2000 Indian Hills Drive, has been on the air since 1927.

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