When Live TV Goes Wrong

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00:00   |   Jun 13, 2019


When Live TV Goes Wrong
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  • It is great to be in front of all of you live and in person.
  • Well, this isn't live.
  • This show is not--
  • but you know what I mean.
  • The nice thing about this show not being live
  • is that if we need to, we can edit stuff out.
  • Like, for instance, if an interview goes too long,
  • or something breaks, or my top falls off--
  • it's happened before.
  • We can edit that out.
  • But there's one place that lots goes wrong.
  • And that is live TV and especially the news.
  • This is a live broadcast at the San Diego Yacht and Boat Show,
  • where things got off to a not-so-great start.
  • --the San Diego Yacht and Boat Show.
  • Good morning, everybody.
  • I'm hanging out with my friend, John.
  • Fox 5 morning news starts--
  • look over there.
  • And it starts right now.
  • [LAUGHS]
  • They panned out, expecting it to go way up.
  • The future is here, and it's grim.
  • Jetpacks aren't the only thing reporters try live on TV.
  • This is supposed to be how you learn how to cross country ski.
  • Hi, you guys.
  • So I'm here with Richard and Katie
  • from the Utah Nordic Alliance of Utah.
  • And you guys are teaching me how to cross-country ski.
  • So give us some bas--
  • Yeah.
  • [LAUGHS] I know that fall.
  • That's either altitude or too much tequila.
  • I've seen that before.
  • Sometimes reporters are around animals,
  • and they definitely don't care that it's live TV.
  • The judging is complete so come on out and meet the winners.
  • The goats will be here through Saturday.
  • And they're very friendly.
  • From the Manatee County Fair, Linda Carson, ABC 7.
  • Would you not eat my pants?
  • Ah!
  • [LAUGHS]
  • The goat got her goat.
  • This next one comes from a reporter who really just wanted
  • to be left alone.
  • Two, three.
  • Ah!
  • OK.
  • Oh.
  • I-- OK, ooo.
  • Here, one-- OK, one.
  • Sporting activity start-- OK, I gotta stop flicking them.
  • OK, no, not doing this.
  • Y'all acted like it was on you.
  • All right, so this reporter put themselves in harm's way
  • for the good of the story sometimes.
  • All right, so I've got my trusty stopwatch.
  • And here they come down the hill.
  • It looks like Ruben is in the lead.
  • And here comes El--
  • That was a bad idea.
  • He did a whole front flip.
  • That's pretty impressive.
  • Finally, I'm not sure where or when this took place,
  • but I know that it was not supposed to happen.
  • --instead of a place and a point for them to raise that,
  • was it a done deal by the time Trevor Manuel--
  • It's actually an opportunity for members of Parliament
  • to actually digest and go through the documentation that
  • is going to be presented to the public.
  • And the opportunity for proper engagement
  • is actually after the taping of the--
  • He heard that first crack.
  • And he just looked over, like, that's going to happen,
  • isn't it?
  • Oh, god.
  • If you didn't notice, the title of that person is chairperson.
  • He's more of a floor person now.
  • Thank you.
  • So the takeaway is don't go on live TV
  • if there are jetpacks, goats, bugs, or chairs nearby,
  • because all of them will betray you.

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