Jim Carroll, Head of News, Network Ten, writes:  Re. “Tips and rumours” (yesterday, item 7). A quick fact check shows your tipster (Ten Misses the Boat on Earthquake) is seriously misinformed about Network Ten’s coverage of the Japanese earthquake disaster.

No live pictures were missed in our Friday evening coverage. TEN went live with images of the year’s biggest news story at around 5.30pm, minutes after the Reuters footage became available. Meanwhile, Seven and Nine continued with their afternoon quiz shows. TEN delivered disaster updates and fresh images throughout the remainder of the Ten News at Five bulletin and kicked off 6pm with George Negus with breaking news of the tsunami.

After anchoring Friday night’s edition of 6pm, Hamish MacDonald, TEN’s senior foreign correspondent, immediately hopped a plane to Japan and was one of the first Australian journalists on the ground in the disaster zone around Sendai. And for the record, Hamish MacDonald and Hugh Riminton have appeared as regular Friday night hosts of 6pm since the program launched in January.

Peter Fray

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