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2 TV Producers Involved In Miller Recording Gone

Two TV producers involved in a phone recording that Sarah Palin claimed showed media bias against Republican Senate hopeful Joe Miller are "no longer with" the Alaska station.

KTVA-TV general manager Jerry Bever said an internal investigation showed the recording left accidentally on the phone of Miller's spokesman involved how a Miller rally headlined by Palin might be promoted.

Bever said the "ensuing dialogue went downhill from there."

He couldn't immediately be reached to say if the producers had been fired.

Bever earlier said the discussion centered on "what if" scenarios for covering the rally last week and that the recording's contents had been taken out of context.

Miller's camp claimed that station staff were discussing making up stories about Miller. A Miller spokesman had no immediate comment.

In a statement, Bever was quoted saying: " As we worked through this fact-finding process we noted that actual story assignments for that day had already been decided before the recorded conversation took place. At no time did any of the elements associated with the recorded comments become part of any coverage or broadcast. The recorded conversation in question specifically involved how that evening's Miller rally might be promoted and the ensuing dialogue went down hill from there. These particular comments were not in line with KTVA standards."

The KTVA statement said the station's "actual broadcast coverage of Miller has been sound and fair during this election cycle and the history of our coverage speaks for itself."

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