Technicians at a television station refused to work in the studio during a live interview with an AIDS victim, forcing the Independent Network News station to cancel the appearance.
“We just will drop the live interview. We are not dropping the story,” said Bill Littauer, executive producer for WPIX-TV news and INN.
The interview with the unidentified victim Tuesday night was to follow a story on actor Rock Hudson, another victim of acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
“People are frightened of an illness that they don’t know anything about,” said Littauer. “I suspect that all the publicity around the Rock Hudson situation has made people nervous.”