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Last Updated: Friday, 12 November, 2004, 10:36 GMT
CBS 'sorry' for Arafat newsflash
Yasser Arafat mourned in Ramallah
Arafat's death was announced on Wednesday evening in the US
US TV network CBS has apologised for interrupting crime drama CSI: NY for a newsflash announcing Palestinan leader Yasser Arafat's death.

The network broke into the programme five minutes before it was due to end late on Wednesday evening.

Local news bulletins were due to follow the drama in some parts of the US, and other networks waited until a gap in programming to break the news.

"We sincerely regret the error," CBS said in an statement.

"An overly-aggressive CBS News producer jumped the gun with a report that should have been offered to local stations for their late news," the statement continued.

Gary Sinise and Melina Kanakaredes star in CSI:NY
In response to viewer complaints, CBS announced the episode would be repeated in its entirety on Friday evening.

CSI: NY is one of the most popular shows on CBS, and is the latest in a series of dramas from producer Jerry Bruckheimer, which began with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Along with the other CSI shows, it has been bought by Five for transmission in the UK.

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