Note to BP CEO: Please Stop Talking

As the situation in the Gulf Coast continues to get more challenging, how have the media responded in terms of reporters covering the story live from the region?

They’re all over the story, and the executives involved keep giving them tons of fodder. Take this quote today from BP CEO Tony Hayward to the Guardian:

The Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean. The amount of volume of oil and dispersant we are putting into it is tiny in relation to the total water volume.


BP’s PR and other woes aside, PRNewser reached out to Fox News, CNN, NBC News, ABC News and CBS News as to their current and past coverage plans. Here’s what they told us.

“Jeff Glor, Don Teague, Manny Gallegus and Jeff Corwin have been there for us,” said SVP of Communications for CBS News Jeff Ballabon. “Right now we have Mark Strassman there with Mark Hooper.”

“We have a continuing rotating team of about six correspondents in the Gulf region – Currently, David Lee Miller is down in the Gulf and Phil Keating will be down there in a couple of days,” said a Fox News spokesperson. “This doesn’t include correspondents who are covering different aspects of the story from DC to London.”

“We have had several correspondents in the Gulf region covering the oil spill,” said Christal Jones of CNN Public Relations

In the region now are Reynolds Wolf, meteorologist and correspondent is in Gulfport, MS, David Mattingly, national correspondent is in New Orleans, LA and Ed Lavandera, correspondent is also in New Orleans, LA.

Last week’s team included Rob Marciano, meteorologist and correspondent was in Biloxi, MS, Brooke Baldwin, correspondent was in Biloxi, MS and David Mattingly was in Venice, LA.

“Jeffrey Kofman is currently covering the oil spill in the Gulf for ABC News and Matt Gutman will cover for us over the weekend. Jeffrey has been down in the Gulf since the outset and both Ryan Owens and Sam Champion have also reported from the region over the past several weeks,” said David Ford Jr., Publicity Director for ABC World News with Diane Sawyer.

Also: ABC News and the Center for Public Integrity fought to get underwater video released of the oil spewing into the Gulf. But why did it take three weeks to get the video released to the public?

“BP does not want that to be the image that people remember. They’d rather see the booms out there and the message that we’re trying to do something. … From a public relations standpoint they exercised their propriety information rights and slowed the government down from releasing that tape, preventing all of us from seeing what the White House situation room was seeing,” said John Solomon, Center for Public Integrity.

Bonus video: Watch as BP Managing Director Bob Dudley gets batted around by NBC’s Andrea Mitchell today.

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