TV Anchor Commits Suicide On Air (1974)

Farhi on the Fox chase:   Veteran news director Bill Lord said “warning bells” should have gone off when the suspect got out of the car. Typically, news photographers are trained to go to a wide shot when an incident night become violent, said Lord, general manager of WJLA (Channel 7). [DC]

When he was the news director of a Los Angeles station, Lord oversaw live coverage of a lengthy shootout in 1997 between police and two heavily armed gunmen in North Hollywood that left several officers and the suspects injured. But that episode was far more newsworthy than the Arizona chase, justifying live coverage, Lord said.

“It’s hard to define where the line is in these cases, but it seemed more appropriate to stay on that” than Fox’s decision to continue showing the chase, he said.

Back to Chubbuck. Depressed, she had plotted this sensational exit for weeks.

The Washington Post dispatched then-Executive Editor Ben Bradlee‘s nubile green “I’ve never written anything” mistress and later wife, Sally Quinn, who, might have wanted to put a gun to her head after a disastrous 1973 CBS News morning anchor stint the year before Chubbock offed herself, and splashed Sally‘s “Dead.  Live and in Color” on Style’s front page.

Sally got so good at getting the goods on the Rich and Powerful that Henry Kissinger observed:  “[The Post reporter] Maxine Cheshire makes you want to commit murder. Sally Quinn makes you want to commit suicide.”

By all accounts, there is no tape of Chubbock‘s suicide in circulation. Reportedly the Florida sheriff’s department gave the TV station’s tape to Chubbock‘s family.

Saturday, September 29, 2012 @ 9:01 AM

  • ZoneDaiatlas

     I’ve never heard of this…

    • Marty Davis

      Yeah, well she’s got the dubious distinction of making a list of top ten live suicides.

  • Jimbotalk

    Could someone please forward this to Keith Olbermann?  It could be a career gamechanger.

    • Marty Davis

       I was praying he’d do it while at MSNBC and then Current TV. . . . Now for him life is slow suicide.