CBS Apology

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News of Yasser Arafat's death has cost one network TV producer their job.

CBS News has fired the producer who interrupted the TV program "CSI: New York" last Wednesday with a special report on the Palestinian leader's death. That word comes from an executive with CBS.

The network broke into the crime-drama during the last five minutes of Wednesday's show, leading to a barrage of viewer complaints.

The executive says the producer violated network policy. The network explicitly left instructions for producers to run a "crawl" at the bottom of the screen in the event of Arafat's death.

That's how competing networks ABC and NBC handled the news.

CSI was rerun on Friday.