Erroneous AP Report on Death of Tito


The 'Report on Accuracy and The Associated Press' contained this March 3, 1978, material from The Associated Press National Radio Wire:


CBS led its 1 p.m., EST newscast with the A.P. report that President Tito of Yugoslavia was dead. It wasn't so, as this reproduction of A.P. copy shows. The numbers are inserted to show the sequence of events.

1.
BULLETIN
 BELGRADE - PRESIDENT TITO OF YOGOSLAVA IS DEAD.
AP 0303 12:46 PES
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2.
 NEWS DIRECTORS: KILL BELGRADE TITO DEAD.
AP 0303 1301 PES
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3.
 BULLETIN KILL
 NEWS DIRECTORS: KILL BELGRADE TITO DEAD.
AP 0303 1302 PES
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4.
 BULLETIN KILL
 KILL THE TITO BULLETIN. TITO IS NOT DEAD.
AP 0303 1302 PES
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5.
 NEWS DIRECTORS:
 A KILL HAS BEEN TRANSMITTED ON THE BELGRADE REPORT THAT PRESIDENT
TITO IS DEAD. THE REPORT WAS ERRONEOUS. TITO IS NOT DEAD. A KILL IS
MANDATORY.
 MAKE NO FURTHER USE OF THIS STORY.
 AP 0303 1304 PES
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6.
 BULLETIN KILL
 NEWS DIRECTORS: KILL BELGRADE TITO DEAD.
 AP 0303 1311 PES
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7.
 NEWS DIRECTORS: THE BELGRADE TITO DEATH STORY HAS BEEN KILLED. A
KILL IS MANDATORY. MAKE NO FURTHER USE OF THE STORY. IT IS ERRONEOUS,
TITO IS NOT DEAD.
 AP 0303 1311 PES
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8.
 NEWS DIRECTORS:
 A FALSE REPORT THAT YUGOSLAVIAN LEADER TITO WAS DEAD WAS CARRIED
ON THE AP BROADCAST WIRE. TITO IS NOT DEAD. THE ITEM WAS TAKEN FROM
PREPARDEDNESS COPY BEING WRITTEN IN THE EVENT OF TITO'S DEATH.
SHORTLY, WE WILL HAVE A BROADCASTABLE STORY EXPLAINING HOW THE 
ERROR OCCURRED.
 AP 0303 1332 PES
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9. THE BROADCASTABLE STORY.
 B856
 (TITO EXPLANATORY)
 NEW YORK -- THE FIRST PARAGRAPH OF AN ARTICLE BEING PREPARED FOR
THE OBITUARY FILES OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ON PRESIDENT TITO, SAYING
HE HAD DIED, WAS TRANSMITTED IN ERROR TODAY ON THE AP'S NATIONAL
BROADCAST WIRE.
 THE PARAGRAPH MOVED ON THE BROADCAST WIRE AT12:46 P.M. EST, AND
WAS KILLED APPROXIMATELY 10 MINUTES LATER.
 THE ITEM WAS NOT TRANSMITTED TO NEWSPAPERS AND WAS NOT DISTRIBUTED
ABROAD. THE STORY WAS BEING PREPARED ROUTINELY FOR BACKGROUND AND
WAS NOT CONNECTED IN ANY WAY WITH CURRENT NEWS.
 AP 0303 1334 PES