The collapse of WTC 7 is announced on the BBC before it happened.
|Date||10:45 September 11, 2001 - 17:21 September 11, 2001|
|Description||The first reference to a third tower collapsing is by Jane Standley of the BBC at around 10:45 a.m. Other references are later that afternoon.|
People speculated that WTC7 would be destroyed as early as 10:45 a.m. on the morning of September 11, 2001. Prior to the destruction, a 4 block radius was cordoned off around the building by fire officials. People were moved away from the building with warnings that building 7 would "be coming down" and that it was "about to blow up". This expectation was communicated to commercially-controlled media outlets, including Reuters, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and the BBC.
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The Mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani, stated in an ABC interview that he had been warned that World Trade Center 7 would collapse although in 2007 he denied this when confronted by We Are Change.
For unknown reasons the destruction of WTC7 was reported before it happened by several corporate media outlets.
At 4:57pm EST, Standley reported in conversation with Philip Hayton the BBC London Presenter, live on air that the "Salomon Brothers' building" had collapsed. The 'collapse' was headlined in the 5:00pm new roundups of both the BBC and US TV channels. The video of her report has her framed against a large window with a view of the smoking WTC site in the background and building 7 (which she was reporting no longer existed) clearly and prominently visible in the background.  The live video feed was severed at 5:15pm whilst Philip Hayton was still talking to her. The building was pulverized shortly thereafter, at 5:21pm.
February 26, 2007: "lost the tapes"
The foreknowledge video became widely publicised on February 26, 2007 and prompted the BBC to issue a statement the next day in which they carefully did not admit foreknowledge, but claimed (in an echo of the FBI's reply to a FOIA request about the CCTV of the OKC Bombing or the SFO's reason why it stopped investigating the al-Yamamah arms deal)) that they could not comment further since they had "lost the tapes".
July 2008: "the tapes had been found... The final report on 9/11 should be with us soon..."
In July 2008 the BBC wrote that "the tapes had been found. They'd just been put back on the wrong shelf - 2002 rather than 2001. Not so sinister after all." They pointed to Reuters as the source of their foreknowledge of the building's desruction and concluded that "The final report on 9/11 should be with us soon. The official investigators are confident they will be able to solve the final mystery of 9/11. But I doubt they will ever convince their harshest critics, who believe there was a home-grown conspiracy at work that day."
One minute before it happened, Fox News announced that "we are getting word from New York right now that another building has collapsed". Having described the demolition, they switched to a live video stream which showed the WTC7 turn to dust before their eyes, but the news anchors seemed completely unsurprised and continued commenting calmly as if nothing remarkable had happened..
- WTC7 Expected To Collapse CBS2 News
- BBC report of the collapse of WTC 7 with the building clearly visible in the background
- Fox reports WTC 7 'collapse' before it happens