40 years ago, NPR had to apologize for airing spoilers of the movie ‘Return of the Jedi’.
The backstory: NPR inadvertently allowed a young boy to reveal the entire plot of ‘Return of the Jedi’ on their program, All Things Considered, causing outrage among the East Coast listeners.
* The program received a record number of calls, with many complaining that the spoiler had ruined their long-awaited movie experience.
* NPR edited the program before it was rebroadcasted to the West Coast.
Apology and reflections: NPR publicly apologized to their listeners for the incident and acknowledged the power of fantasy and story in people’s lives.
* They also highlighted the difference between getting facts right and the impact of knowing too much about a story’s outcome.
Promise not to repeat: NPR expressed regret for the situation and committed not to spoil any future movies with their programming.
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