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Robert A. "Bob" Tur (born June 8, 1960)[1] is an American broadcast reporter. Tur created the Los Angeles News Service with the help of his wife at the time, Marika Gerrard. Their news service was one of the earliest to use a helicopter in the coverage of live breaking news,[2] and the first to televise a high-speed police chase.[3] Other noteworthy reporting included the attack on Reginald Denny during the L.A. Riots on April 29, 1992, and was the first to locate and televise O.J. Simpson's infamous slow-speed chase in 1994[4].

As a team, Tur and Gerrard received three Television News Emmy Awards; Two Edward R. Murrow Awards[5] for broadcast excellence (for his reporting on the Loma Prieta/San Francisco Earthquake, and a feature on American Jews leaving their homes for Israel at a time of war); An Associated Press National Breaking News award; The NPPA Humanitarian Award (see below); several Golden Mikes; and numerous other local and national citations.

Tur has also been credited with locating seven missing aircraft,[3] including a Pacific Southwest Airlines passenger jet that suddenly dropped from radar, crashing in a remote mountain range south of Big Sur, California. An FBI investigation into the unexplained crash that killed all 44 people aboard found that a deranged and suicidal airline employee named David Burke smuggled a .357 revolver aboard the flight, using it to murder both the pilot and copilot as they steered the doomed plane as it cruised at its assigned altitude of 5,000 feet.

Bob Tur has also been featured in well over two dozen programs, including NBC's Today, ABC's Nightline, Inside Edition, Rescue 911, and a two-part episode of the ITV documentary Police, Camera, Action! with Alastair Stewart in December 1996, called The Man Who Shot OJ. Tur is also a regular on the talk show circuit, frequently appearing on Fox News, CourtTV, and CBS. He currently has his own show on MSNBC, called "Why They Run".

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Litigation against YouTube

On July 14, 2006, Tur's news operation was first to file a historic lawsuit in U.S. District Court against YouTube, to protect the rights of copyright holders. The lawsuit alleges hundreds of copyright infringements that have led to hundreds of illegal downloads. Among the works involved is the attack on Reginald Denny by a mob at the intersection of Florence and Normandie in South-Central Los Angeles, shot minutes after four white Los Angeles police officers were acquitted in the beating of Rodney King.

Other achievements

Tur was credited by the Los Angeles Times[6] with saving the lives of 54 people during a freak southern California storm in January 1988. At the request of a local fire department, Tur piloted his AS-350B2 Eurocopter helicopter through 60-knot (110 km/h) winds, and driving rain, at night, to airlift stranded tourists from 22-foot (6.7 m) seas that pounded against their hotel, the Portofino Inn. Timing the interval of the waves, Tur and his camera operator, Byron Alperstein, made a dozen near-zero visibility takeoffs and landings without losing a single victim. Both Tur and Alperstein received a number of awards for their heroism.

In August 2006, Tur was cited by Israeli medics for saving the life of a IDF soldier during the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict.[7] During a Katyusha rocket attack, Tur, a trained medic and his high-definition television news crew came across a 19-year-old soldier trapped in his crushed vehicle. With the soldier unconscious and not breathing, Tur, who had been shooting a documentary for an American satellite news operation, performed an emergency tracheotomy, which restored his breathing. The rescue, which was caught on tape by his reporter, Dave Barker, aired as part of a news package focusing on the quality of life for the residents living on the Israeli-Lebanon border. Tur's cinematography, coupled with Barker's commentary, helped earn Cablevision the highly prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award. It was Tur's second Murrow.

Tur has also been credited for his work in copyright protection by proving that news photography is copyrightable because photographers exercise creative control over their photography by choosing the composition, focus, and exposure of the subject matter. To date, Tur and his ex-wife, Marika Gerrard have won seven United States 9th Circuit decisions dealing with intellectual property protection, establishing that news videotape is copyrightable, and a landmark victory that bars a "fair use" defense by an infringing news organization that copies the video images of another news organization and then broadcasts the work as their own.[8] Tur and Gerrard's work in copyright are widely considered by legal experts as a series of major victories for creators of intellectual property, allowing writers, actors, producers, directors, and union members to be fairly compensated for their work.

Personal life

Tur's marriage with Gerrard came to an end in 2003. The couple have two children: Katy (born October 26, 1983)[9], and James (born November 19, 1985)[10], a physics graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Following the breakup, Tur dated Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher; they split in late 2005.[11] Tur's daughter, Katy, is an Associated Press award winning broadcast journalist, and has appeared as a storm chaser on The Weather Channel, as well as a freelance reporter on WPIX-TV and WNBC-TV. Tur's son, James, has a degree in physics, and is a consultant in developing "green" alternative fuels.

References

  1. ^ Date of birth found on the California Birth Index 1905-1995 under TUR, ROBERT A, on June 8, 1960, in Los Angeles County.
  2. ^ New Yorker Magazine-August 1, 1994
  3. ^ a b Jerome, Richard; Young, Stanley (September 12, 1994), "Chopper Newshounds Bob and Marika Tur are L.A.'s Prying Eyes in the Sky", People, http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20103873,00.html, retrieved October 1, 2009  
  4. ^ CBS News, 60 Minutes-The Man That Shot O.J.
  5. ^ KCBS News Radio-San Francisco-Loma Prieta Earthquake-October 17, 1989
  6. ^ "Gathering More Than News" Editorial Section-January 20, 1988
  7. ^ HDNews (VOOM), News 12-Long Island
  8. ^ Los Angeles News Service v Tulo, Los Angeles News Service v KCAL, Los Angeles News Service v Reuters
  9. ^ Date of birth found on the California Birth Index 1905-1995 under TUR, KATHARINE BEAR, on October 26, 1983, in Los Angeles County.
  10. ^ Date of birth found on the California Birth Index 1905-1995 under TUR, JAMES BEAR, on November 19, 1985, in Los Angeles County.
  11. ^ NPR radio
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