Originally Posted by witney
foxeng..the difference with this story and all the other base jumpers is THEY GOT CAUGHT. There was an arrest made, so it became news. Just like bomb threats, we don't cover them unless there is a real threat...or someone is arrested. Using your analogy, TV stations should never report on the increase of copper and metal thefts either...because some Einstein might get the idea himself? By the way, WCTI had TEAM COVERAGE of the story leading off their 5pm newscast Thursday. Is that over exposure for a tresspassing story?
After you ran with it like it was 9/11 CTI had no choice. What did you guys expect them to do? Deny it? Come on. I am not fool and this isn't my first rodeo. Nor second.
Is your newscast nothing but tresspass stories? How many tresspass stories do you guys do in a newscast? Better yet, how many tresspass stories do you lead with? Not that many I bet. It has to be something everyone cares about. The days of "live for the sake of live" thinking are long gone.
This was a nice way to rub it in to CTI. I get it. Been there. Done that. Got the tee shirt. I personally would have picked a different story to do your rah rah on. What it has now done is opened you up for the same thing to happen on your tower, for the scores of nitwits who hadn't thought of it. Wrong person in the wrong place at the wrong time could bring a tower down, not to mention the loss of life that will surely occur if that were to happen. And I have no doubt your tower has base jumpers on it and you have no idea it is happening. Just hope CTI's newsroom doesn't catch wind of it. Glass house scenario. In this case law enforcement did their job. The jumpers got caught, as it should be. My guess is they will be back someday. They usually do. It isn't news. No one outside of the industry cares. And the base jumpers certainly don't care either.
For the record, base jumpers get caught all the time here in the Triad. I don't know how many times I have been doing late night transmitter maintenance and see the telltale head lamps flying off the next tower over. No one in this market reports on it. It isn't news. But for everyone that does get caught, scores don't. When it is reported, it is an open invitation to give people ideas. The last thing you want are fearless knuckleheads hanging on your tower damaging equipment (usually the elevator or snagging auxiliary antennas up and down the tower) without permission. We don't need our insurance premiums any higher than what they are nor equipment damaged that doesn't work when you need it to and you miss a BIG news story or worse, takes you off the air when they damage the STL antenna. That is how these things usually play out. I don't need the headache and neither does MY
management. Yours may not care.
My suggestion is the best thing in this thread is to let it die. It is a given, you won't change my mind and I won't change yours. Agreed?