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October 9, 2018 5:31 pm  #1

CTV News Learns The Dangers Of Live TV

When you send a reporter and a camera operator out for a live shoot, there's always the chance something could go wrong. Which is exactly what took place off the top of CTV's 6 PM news on Tuesday. Queen's Park reporter Colin D'Mello was teeing up his report, when a stranger suddenly came in from out of frame, stood behind him, held up a pamphlet and started screaming that he was a candidate for mayor and wanted to get his word out. 

He was clearly a fringe candidate whom no one has ever heard of. As D'Mello struggled mightily to finish his intro, he finally gave up, shrugged and said "Let's just go to the" And then, still live, he turned to the intruder and said a sarcastic "Thank you," as his piece began. When he returned, the stranger was gone. 

All of this brings up the question: where was security during this? Did they have any? At one point, you see someone try to grab the guy, but he evades them and keeps shouting. I recall many reporters at the stations where I've worked going live, but to my amazement, this kind of thing rarely happens. 

Perhaps that's because a lot of the live elements come near accident or murder scenes and there are cops everywhere. But it's incredible to me that we don't see it more often.

(Although I do remember one memorable incident when Bell employees were picketing their employer and the union showed up at the last second, as a CTV reporter was doing a live hit. As the event unfolded, a worker walked back and forth behind him, carrying a sign reading "Bell unfair to employees." It was a live debrief so there was no tape to go to and it seemed to last forever. I'm sure that went over well in the control room and the board room!)


October 9, 2018 6:04 pm  #2

Re: CTV News Learns The Dangers Of Live TV

Security to grab someone who is doing nothing wrong?  You shouldn't condone assault. 


October 9, 2018 6:07 pm  #3

Re: CTV News Learns The Dangers Of Live TV

Well, to be fair, they WERE on a public street, so as much as the intruder looked like a jerk, he really didn't do anything wrong legally. CTV should have had someone standing nearby to ensure no one got too close to their reporter. But that's expensive and generally, those people aren't part of a crew. 

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October 10, 2018 1:15 am  #4

Re: CTV News Learns The Dangers Of Live TV

It wasn't as dramatic as FHRITP, but the average viewer might find such incidents as Street Entertainment (when compared to scripted in-the-studio news readers who have occasionally been described as bingo callers) 


October 15, 2018 10:49 am  #5

Re: CTV News Learns The Dangers Of Live TV

What a total complete waste of time.
The only way to even come close to being elected in Mississauga (or anywhere else for that matter) is to spend time doing something else first and get known THAT way...even if it's just school trustee. 
People get to know the name the proper way. (an EARNED way) 
A way that is highly respected, not some cheap fast immature cut into a news story.

Plus also, his EXTREMELY RUDE cut in makes that person look like they're just in it for attention rather than being very serious.
Pay your dues pal!! 

Last edited by Radiowiz (October 15, 2018 11:05 am)