ABC News Apologizes for Mistakenly Promoting "Exclusive" O.J. Simpson Deposition Tapes
NBC first aired the tapes in 1999.
ABC News apologized Friday for falsely promoting O.J. Simpson's civil trial deposition tapes as being an exclusive first look on 20/20 since they were recorded in 1996.
"We were wrongly under the impression these deposition tapes were exclusive and had not aired before at length," an ABC News spokesperson said in a statement given to the Los Angeles Times. "We learned this morning portions did air 15 years ago. We apologize for the mistake."
Simpson's tapes were marketed as exclusive on Good Morning America prior to the 20/20 Friday night airing, according to the Times. Following GMA on Friday, NBC reportedly tweeted a correction to ABC that they first aired the tapes in 1999. "@DatelineNBC: Oh, hey @abc2020 @GMA partying like it’s 1999! Check out #Dateline logo from first time we aired the tapes! #retro." An image attached to the tweet reportedly showed a Dateline logo atop a near-identical image of Simpson that ABC aired in its 20/20 promos.
According to the Times, footage from the tapes aired three times on NBC prior to being shown on 20/20: 1999, 2004 and 2014.
A&E and LMN will air two new two-hour event specials about the trial where Simpson was acquitted of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman: LMN's The Secret Tapes of the O.J. Case: The Untold Story premieres Sept. 30 and A&E's O.J. Speaks: The Hidden Tapes follows Oct. 1.