Scooping another station is one of the joys of radio or TV journalism. But when you’re the one scooped it really hurts.
Picture this, 3AW’s newsroom working at full steam – 15 journalists belting out copy for the midday bulletin (this was the 60’s before downsizing). One crusty senior journo pauses from pounding the Remington to look out the window. “Hey, what’s that 3UZ news car doing out there?””Bloody hell it’s Clive Waters talking into a microphone….what a whacker.”
“Why’s he looking up at the first floor?” Where’s that smoke coming from?” “Oh. shit! we’re on fire.”
Sure enough on the first floor immediately above the newsroom was the standby transmitter, which for some unknown reason had caught on fire.
Who tipped off UZ without telling us (and the fire brigade) remains a mystery. What some people will do for a 50 cent Tatts ticket.