Thursday, February 13, 2014

Amateur ANN7 suffers yet another very bad, live, on-air oopsie, this time with reporter Kevin Brandt covering the 2014 opening of parliament.

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It was amateur hour on ANN7 (DStv 405) again, as the Infinity Media "GuptaTV" 24-hour TV news channel on Thursday once again delivered the biggest oops out of all three the South African TV news channels which covered the opening of parliament and the 2014 State of the Nation Address.

ANN7's live coverage on Thursday anchored by Hajra Omarjee from parliament, suffered sound problems and shaky camera work (which was not the Southeaster), including erratic in and out zooming - but the biggest live, on-air gaffe took place just after 17:13.

Hajra Omarjee threw to ANN7 reporter Kevin Brandt with the extremely inane questions of "What are journalists wearing on the red carpet?" (As if any real news channel should care.)

What happened next was jaw-droppingly bad - the kind of ongoing bad live television ANN7 has become known for since August 2013 when the channel launched.

As the camera zoomed in on Kevin Brandt who nodded (but in hindsight perhaps not nodding in agreement with hearing Hajra Omarjee in his earpiece but someone else from the technical control team), the ANN7 reporter suddenly turned his back on viewers on live television.

He then desperately started to push through the packed crowd of people behind him, unable to get to where he wanted to be. It was bad. And it was bad and on television.

Kevin Brandt didn't respond to or talk back to Harja Omarjee - and she was left to try and pick up the pieces of another cringe-inducing ANN7 on-air gaffe.

Harja Omarjee ignored it and simply talked it over and away, with no apology to viewers or explanation as to what just happened.

ALSO READ: The SABC News TV channel suffers blackouts and eventually a full-on black-out during the start of the 2014 State of the Nation Address.