She's lucky she got out okay
It’s amazing that more things don’t go wrong on live TV.
We live in a world where we’re used to our entertainment being carefully chosen, designed, manicured, and edited — sometimes even beyond recognition. Even “reality” TV isn’t actually real. So whenever things do go wrong, or when slip-ups get caught on camera, people are bound to notice.
Some of the best humor online is made up of compilations of errors from newsrooms, meteorologists, and especially news correspondents out and about, but there’s a much darker side that comes with putting yourself out there, drawing attention to yourself with lights and cameras.
On the Street
Francesca Parisella is an Italian news correspondent who was recently attacked during a segment on immigration into Italy and Europe.
Her story started like any other: She and her team were on the street outside of Rome’s Termini Station, as she described the scene of immigrants sleeping outside for the night before attempting to find some work or to travel farther into Europe the next day.
When Reporting Goes Wrong
Up until the attack happened, Francesca’s newscast was both interesting and insightful. She detailed the plight of Italy’s many immigrants, most of whom spend their life’s savings crossing dangerous borders or even risking their lives aboard dangerous ships on the Mediterranean.
Francesca explains that many of these immigrants go on to venture further into Europe, often into northern countries, in order to find work and start a new life with a more promising future.
Sadly, as she details their struggle, the camera gets thrown out of focus and the confusion begins. We hear screams.
While the camera spins in and out of focus, the screams continue. The attack seems to stop, but then Francesca starts screaming again. The camera falls to the ground. We see someone running away in the background, and it cuts back to the concerned anchors in the studio.
Luckily, Francesca manages to get back to a car, but much of what happens in the meantime is a mystery.
Scary as the whole situation is, the worst part is that it isn’t the first time such a scenario happened, and to an Italian news team at that. Keep reading.