October 11th 2012
The follow-up: how it's done
Here is a fascinating insight into how programs like ACA and Today Tonight operate. It's from a TV insider who has been living quietly on Magnetic and wants to stay that way. The description is fascinating and a bit scary. But forewarned is forearmed if a commercial current affairs crew once again comes-a-knocking.
Our insider noticed that there were calls by some to get Today Tonight to come and do a job following ACA's "Crime Island" report.
Now read on...
"Regarding Today Tonight. I don't understand why anyone would want to bring in a different version of the same monster. You must know how the storyline will go. The narrative that will be written in a 'script' meeting:
Producers will be understanding and express their disbelief that ACA could possibly run such a negative story about such a beautiful place. They will suggest a reconciliation meeting between two 'warring' parties. They will find the most volatile of people from both sides, those who are unpredictable except in their predictability of exploding on camera.
"They will tell two different stories to both parties, rile them up and prepare the scenario for an on camera confrontation, preferably with punches thrown. The meeting will be set but organized so that they unexpectedly meet each other on the street/carpark on their way into the meeting.
"Both parties will be appropriately prepped and emotional and just as they are about to see the other person, a comment will be made, a suggestion whispered into their ears by the accompanying producers and BANG, there is your vision, on the street, words exchanged, punches thrown, camera thrown off balance, while the reporter will look hapless and confused and come out looking like the good guy who was just trying to mediate and has become a victim.
"Even the poor camera operator took a fall. All hail the heroism of the Today Tonight crew. Or, more likely is that ACA will offer that same story and return. All hail the bravery of ACA for trying to do a good turn for what has now been confirmed as an ugly, violent, 'crime island'. All hail ACA for being right in the first place."
Sound about right? Let's hope not.