Last night as Alex Thomson presented More4 News live from the City, a man pushed his way in front of the camera.
After being asked to stop and pulled firmly out of frame the man became quite violent. He pushed the presenter with some force and then turned his aggression onto the camera, causing the live broadcast to go off air.
This was the second incident of the day during a live broadcast. Earlier a man had lurched in front of the camera while pulling a face and was shoved out of the way by Alex Thomson who said ‘excuse me sir’.
It’s sad that reporters can’t do their job on the streets of our cities without being subjected to this. Hopefully it won’t deter live reports on location in the future.
Updated: 14 April 2008
The YouTube copy of this incident has been removed due to a ‘copyright complaint’ from ITN, which makes More4 News (and Channel 4 News), and I see that the clip has also disappeared from the Channel 4 News site itself. Which could be a sign that some legal action is pending.
Last week a second video clip of the police assault on Ian Tomlinson was release by ITN. More4 News has confirmed to me that the clip did come from the video camera that was damaged in the attack on Alex Thomson. It had taken technicians some time to recover it from the broken camera.
Many activists and protesters are highly critical of what they see as the ‘mainstream media’ and also of police tactics at demonstrations. It’s ironic that a protestor came near to destroying what could be crucial evidence of the assault on Ian Tomlinson by a riot policeman.
Note also the huge amount of coverage for the video by the ‘citizen journalist’ with some articles failing to mention at all that the second significant clip exists and was produced by ITN.
All just part of the hype… I have written more about this here.