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Right from its days of inception, television has relied heavily on live programming. While videotape was invented in 1957, its exorbitant price kept most producers away from it. As a matter of fact, most soap operas used live broadcasts until the mid-1970s. Today, live television is used extensively for morning shows such as BBC Breakfast and Good Morning America. Also, most local television station newscasts are broadcast live in different parts of the world. In fact, whenever a major breaking news event takes place, the television networks temporarily alter their scheduled programming to make way for a special live news bulletin. As far as the local stations are concerned, the same is true for weather warnings and local breaking news stories.
Live television is all about coordination and consistency. A live programme is also much cheaper than a recorded programme and so professionals equipped with the desired skill set needed to run live television get paid handsomely. At the end of the day, the live television presenters must carry the entire burden on their shoulders. There is no room for an error, for even a minor slip-up may ruin a whole programme. So, the presenters of live television programmes must better be well equipped to handle the unexpected. The biggest challenge with live television programming is the lack of control. No matter how careful a producer is with the planning, bloopers are just unavoidable.
To recall the Murphy's Law: "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong." Sometimes, the anchors are caught off guard by the abrupt ending of a television commercial. They must be quick to improvise and they often are. But a bigger concern is when the guests end up creating a nuisance. This can be disastrous and often irreversible. The television network may pay dearly for a momentary blunder on the part of the guests.
Another big challenge that lurks over live television concerns on-field reporting. News programmes make up for a major chunk of live television. On-field reporting is an essential part of live news. So many things can go wrong with on-field reporting. Apart from the minor glitches in the two-way communication between the studio and the on-field reporter, where things can really go wrong is when the reporter is caught amidst a chaotic situation such as a natural disaster or some war-like situation. Although the viewers do appreciate the efforts of live reporting they may not be too kind if the end result is a mess. How many times have we seen an umbrella, held by an on-field reporter, getting blown away by the torrential storm? It surely does look funny but it is nothing short of an embarrassment for the television network. Believe me, the bloopers don't end here! Live award functions and sporting events are another major challenge. But the biggest challenge is associated with the talent shows. Such shows usually involve amateurs and so they usually lack the ability to improvise the moment things begin to go awry. Among the talent shows, the ones most susceptible to accidents are those involving some wild adventures or record-setting feats.
In today's age, everyone is addicted to television, but no one would ever excuse a blooper on television. Mind it, even the most ardent couch potato is bound to nitpick! But bloopers can be fun if they are not at your expense. So, let's have a look at some of the most bizarre instances of live television gone wrong.
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Ouch... the two young gymnasts are finding it hard to control their feelings for each other! I guess the guys can learn a thing or two about kissing from them. As passionate as it may appear to the viewers, there is no denying that it would have embarrassed quite a few people on the broadcast network.
Speaking of embarrassments, the sudden appearance of a phallic shaped cloud during a weather report can cause a major embarrassment to the broadcaster. So, please don't let yourself be fooled by the expression on the anchor's face. More than a grin, it is a sheepish smile.
The lady just can't take it anymore. She clearly seems pissed. But who is she pissed with? Maybe it is her co-anchor that's annoying her. Or maybe it's the makeup man. But, the trouble is that this is live programming. These antics are only making the matters worse for the producers. Alas, she just doesn't care!
One of the biggest troubles of live television is that it is nigh impossible to keep things under control. Just take the case of this shirtless man who out of a sudden ends up proclaiming his burning love for the lady reporting the event. Believe me, few things can get more embarrassing than this!
Bloopers can happen on live television. I know this must have been quite awkward for the pretty girl in white. But please also spare a thought for the broadcasters!
That's what happens when you think you are size zero when in actuality you are plus size. Yes, you end up bursting out of your tight clothes.
Well, it is not always guys who make dirty jokes at wrong moments. The girls can be as guilty as is the case here. Just look how serious the poor guy looks!
Fun activities can sometimes prove to be nigh deadly like was the case with the Canadian daredevil Ryan Stock whose fiancee accidentally shot him with a flaming arrow in the neck. She was supposed to hit the target held in her fiance's mouth, but things went awry. Ryan was really fortunate to walk off the stage.
Here is another chaotic event that transpired on live television. A Polish TV host got her hand impaled when a rookie magician asked her to grab a paper bag as part of a magic trick. Never make the mistake of thinking that live television is fool proof!
Doesn't it look a bit awkward? Perhaps, both of them were feeling hot. Or maybe they had found an innovative way of doing weather reporting. Whatever maybe the case one gets a feeling that both of them are bored by their job at the network.