News anchor suspended in dispute about Gabby Petito and women of color coverage, reports say
Gabby Petito speaks to the camera in her only YouTube upload. YouTube / Nomadic Statics
News anchor Frank Somerville was dismissed over an argument over reporting on Gabby Petito.
Somerville wanted to highlight the differences between coverage of missing white women and women of color.
The anchor has been "locked indefinitely," Mercury News reported.
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A San Francisco news anchor was reportedly taken off the air while fighting over coverage of Gabby Petito.
Frank Somerville, the Fox Bay Area news broadcaster KTVU host, was "suspended indefinitely" after suggesting that a segment on Petito should include a slogan recognizing the "extraordinary" media coverage her case received Mercury News.
Sources told the outlet that Somerville wanted to identify the inequalities in media attention regarding missing white women cases compared to indigenous women and women of color.
Somerville, who has a black adoptive daughter, reportedly protested management after he was told his proposal was "inappropriate".
The newscaster's suspension is his second this year. He was first taken out of the air in May after tripping and tripping over his words while reading from a teleprompter, and had only recently returned after an eight-week ban.
Gabby Petito, 22, was reported missing by her family on September 11 after her fiancé Brian Laundrie returned home from a road trip across the United States without her. Petito's death has now been classified as a homicide by the FBI.
Brian Laundrie refused to assist with the police investigation into Petito's disappearance and has been missing since September 17th.
Petito's case has been making headlines for weeks. Critics have described the avid media coverage as "Missing White Woman Syndrome" and noted that similar cases of women of color do not receive the same amount of attention.
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