Breaking News… just after 2pm Mark White was doing a live piece to camera in Trafalgar Square (London, for any foreign forum readers) about the Fathers 4 Justice protests which was taking place there.
He was saying how they were dressed in santa suits and there was a fairly heavy police presence due to the obvious possible threat of problems based on past experiences, but actually saying how it’s being good etc… and said how they were starting to gather behind him as they’d noticed themselves on a big screen (is Sky News on a big screen there then?) and he said to pan the camera round to show the police elsewhere in the square, at which point you heard Mark White say “we are live on air!” and it turned out it was to a police constable who told him that “it’s a peaceful protest” and basically to “stop filming”.
The camera turned back round to Mark White who ended his report (rather than immedialtely coming to a stop) and handed back to the studio, and Michael Wilson said back to him that maybe he could ask why they were being stopped filming in a public place which is going about it’s day to day business in a democracy – quite right! Will be very interesting to see what happens… do the police really have the power to stop an official news organisation reporting on a public event? And do they not want them filming incase they possibly inflame the situation and beat a few protesters over the head……. :rolleyes:
Will be worth keeping an eye out to see what happens and if they show it again (I hope they do)
Where’s Mark? I haven’t seen him for a while? I thought his reporting from Banda Aceh was excellent. Why doesn’t Sky send him abroad more often to places like Washington. He’s far better than David Blevins or Colin Brazier.
I think Tellyguru he may have needed a well earned break as he was working his bollocks off across in Indonesia. People think that tv reporting is glamourous but I don’t think the reporters got any more than four hours sleep a night in terrible conditions. I think he is one of Sky’s rising stars his packaging is tight and well written and his lives are spot on.