VOTD: Listen to Ralph Rayburn. Also, Dead People on WPLG

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WPLG Police Chase


This video arrived in our inbox yesterday, it’s from the August 26 police chase in Miami.

The stations that share Sky10 had a rough time covering the chase because the chopper arrived plagued by technical difficulties which meant WPLG, WTVJ, and WFOR, (WLTV didn’t break in) had the same
freezing, stuttering video which eventually disappeared. That left WSVN as the only station able to follow the car. Sources from different stations told us “we just watched WSVN and listened to Ralph Rayburn for details”. And that was really evident on Channel 10, during the coverage Jacey Birch gave a live play by play, clearly stating at one point that they don’t have Sky10 available as she looked at monitors nearby! Oops?

Speaking of Channel 10, they had a really rough time covering the chase. It felt like it was really chaotic behind the scenes for some reason. The whole time they were on the air there was constant noise and chirping from the radios in the newsroom which Jacey Birch’s mic picked up, it m made it difficult to follow what anchors Constance Jones and Erik Yutzy were saying. On top of that, the station stayed a little too long on a close up footage of the dead victim covered by yellow tarp which the wind eventually blew to uncover a slouched man in his wheelchair.

WFOR had Eliott Rodriguez cover the story who, given the circumstances, kept it together well for almost 15 minutes

WFOR CBS Miami video:

WSVN video:

3 COMMENTS

  1. The sad truth is… they can try… ch 10 will never be 7. The anchors (besides Laurie and Calvin), the reporters, the desk.. they just don’t have the experience or the resources frankly. They’re worried about set looks and graphics, but they are struggling in the background.

    7 is a monster. It is like clock work over there. They are the best in town and other stations do look to them for guidance/information. 10 is running on empty behind the scenes, they are short staffed and burned out, and the people in front of the camera are hard to watch, I don’t trust them.

    6 is doing much better, prob risen to be the second best in town. 4… on Memorial day their 11pm top story was the red lobster robbery from the night before… anyone watching WFOR is missing out on what is actually happening in South Florida… it’s to the point that they should just scrap their newscasts and put CSI reruns in its place.

  2. one of the worst things i have ever seen 10 do. have you seen the new weather caster? someone looked at her tape and thought she was good? there is the problem.

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