If Beverly Hills Fire Happened Today?
A posting on my previous blog, about how Beverly Hills fire covereage in 1977 changed the TV news ratings landscape, pointed out that the live, mobile "instant cams" were brand new technology back then.
So that got me thinking: What would the coverage of a Beverly Hills fire be like today, with current technology?
--Live, national coverage on cable news channels picking up the live TV pictures from local stations?
--Would some of the victims trapped into the showroom have had time to call their loved ones on their cell phones and say goodbye, as some of the World Trade Center victims did on 9/11?
--Would we see cameraphone video of Walter Bailey interrupting the comedians on stage, and asking patrons to calmly leave the building?
--How else could cell phones/camera phones changed covering a huge tradegy, in which 165 people die?