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NBC News Delayed Russert Announcement

6/13/2008 4:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

NBC News waited almost 15 minutes to report the death of its colleague Tim Russert, mostly because his wife and son are on vacation in Italy.

The NY Times reported the story on their website at 3:23 PM ET. NBC didn't break in to make the announcement until 3:39 PM.

NBC sources tell us they delayed because they could not reach his family overseas. They were on the trip to celebrate his son Luke's graduation.

NBC tapped veteran anchor Tom Brokaw -- a close friend of Russert's -- to make the announcement.

Story developing ...

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jlewy    

He was a great journalist, he was one of us. He was down to earth and he will be greatly missed by many....R.I.P. Tim..

2269 days ago
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StarrStruck    

Wow....that's a surprise.

2269 days ago
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Max is a HOTTIE!!!    

good they should have waited

2269 days ago
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Annoyed.    

He was a great newsman. He will be missed!

My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

2269 days ago
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jfp    

He died with his boots on.

2269 days ago
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I laugh at other's misfortunes    

And yet that drug addicted douchebag Rush Limbaugh is still with us. Life is not fair.

2269 days ago
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Phillip    


A true gentleman..... my thoughts are with his family.

2269 days ago
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that.is.all    

This is such sad news. Tim was a great family man. I will miss him.

Condolences to his wife and son and all who loved him.

RIP Tim.

2269 days ago
9.

Parents learn to entertain your own kids.    

TMZ the article reads to might like it was a bad thing that they waited to report the news. Any respectful person whether its an employer or not would wait until the family is notified.

2269 days ago
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Just my opinion    

How horrible to die at work.

2269 days ago
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Liz    

TMZ, please remove the grotesque comment 7! That is uncalled for!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2269 days ago
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I laugh at other's misfortunes    

They waited 15 minutes so they could run their normal schedule of commercials. Especially the ones they run twice in the same segment.

2269 days ago
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HOUSTON    

TMZ ADMIN, PUT A "Flag this comment as spam or inappropriate." LINK ON EACH COMMENT LIKE YOU HAVE IT FOR THE PHOTO GALLERY ON YOUR SAME TMZ WEBSITE HERE

WE ALL HATE CENSORSHIP, BUT WE SHOULD HONOR THE DEAD, REGARDLESS OF GENDER, RACE, POLITICAL STRIPES.

2269 days ago
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nips    

he had just returned from Italy according to NBC. don't know if his wife and son are still there, but he was with them at some point.

such a loss.

2269 days ago
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ThirstyThursday    

No censorship, don't like it don't read it. This is a celeb website for fecks sake.

2269 days ago
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