NBC News president Steve Capus reportedly offered a mea culpa to the Peacock network’s affiliates, expressing his regret that they fielded any backlash for Today‘s decision to air a Kris Jenner profile instead of the annual moment of silence pegged to the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
Today was the only one of the three network morning programs to not broadcast that part of the annual remembrance service, instead interviewing the Kardashian matriarch about her breast augmentation.
As part of a Wednesday memo to affiliate managers obtained and cited by the New York Times, Capus said, “[W]e made an editorial call resulting in the September 11 moment of silence not being seen. While we dedicated a substantial amount of airtime to anniversary events, we still touched a nerve with many of your viewers… and for that we apologize.”
Neither Capus nor NBC News however is apologizing for the editorial decision itself; instead, the network on Tuesday issued a terse statement saying, “The Today show dedicated a considerable amount of time to September 11th coverage … throughout the entire show.”
It’s also been noted that save for the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, NBC has not regularly broadcast the moment of silence.