This is probably one of the most horrific news stories I have reported on HD Warrior and it has consequences for all of us working in television news. Many a time news editors send a crew to cover a live incident and inevitably its a crew of two or three if your lucky.
I have reported on this in the past but health and safety of news crews is at breaking point and this is a fine example of not enough people on the job due to limited budgets.
If Alison and Adam had one extra crew member overseeing their news broadcast this might have been a different outcome.
We all think we are safe when the camera appears and for the majority of broadcasts everything is fine. The problem is we have many different ways to send back live footage today which does not always rely on a sat truck being there. At least the sat truck gives you an extra person, someone to oversee the production.
Its all down to numbers…
1. Number of people allocated to a live shoot
2. The “cost” of having an extra person on the shoot
Television stations seriously need to re-think this VJ mentality where one person turns up to a shoot as well as the amount of crew deployed to a live shoot.
I have said this in the past and I will say it again we are now seriously understaffed in the broadcast industry especially in the news department…its all down to cost. We have shaved staff levels beyond the minimum safe level and I would like to see a minimum of three crew members at any live news event…”safety in numbers”.
I am asked at least once a month to film at a live event and I always factor in my son, Scott, who comes out of my budget, we work well together and as far as I am concerned brings a far higher level of security to the job.
The main thing to take out of this shocking news story is the sheer professionalism both Alison and Adam showed when approached by the gun man, they were so intent on their job they never saw him.
I would like to say how shocked and sad I was to hear this news and my heart goes out to Alison and Adams close family and friends.