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How to get a copy of an ABC 7 Eyewitness News Broadcast?
December 26, 2010 6:29 PM   Subscribe

My wife and I were in one of those "Man on the street" videos today on ABC 7 New York at about 4:40pm Eastern Time. Does anyone have any suggestions how to get a copy of the video? I e-mailed the station but haven't heard back yet. Any suggestions as to how to get a copy of the video?
posted by flyingcowofdoom to Media & Arts (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Congratulations on being famous! Call the news department at the station, they are on call 24/7. I'm sure they would be happy to oblige. Also, you can probably populate it on their website right now.
posted by ~Sushma~ at 6:42 PM on December 26, 2010

Or buy a copy from a video monitoring service, like Cision.
posted by Ideefixe at 7:22 PM on December 26, 2010

I used to work in TV news, and no: a newsdesk is not likely happy to oblige finding, duplicating, and sending out the segment you were in.

Sorry, I know it was fun for you to be on TV, but the folks who are putting out live shows are doing it on tight deadlines with too few resources. They are unlikely to have the time or the inclination to make and send a dub. Also, if the station has union crews, there's a good chance only certain engineers/technicians may dub tapes, and at a high hourly rate.

All this is to say, don't expect a call back. Video monitoring services as Ideefixe recommended are a much better bet. Two others are VMS and Blinkx. (I am not sure how an individual buys a one-off segments; these firms usually fulfill long-term contracts for media monitoring.) I'm guessing you already tried the station's web site, right?
posted by celilo at 6:33 AM on December 27, 2010

Yeah, there's a clip from the same field reporter up on ABC 7's website but it was from later in the day, so I'm guessing that they aren't going to put it up.

I'll look in to the video monitoring services, thanks!

posted by flyingcowofdoom at 6:48 AM on December 27, 2010

@celilo: Ha, ha...that's the difference in living in a rural area, everybody is obliged to help, I forgot about city-folks, no one cares or has time. Where I live they would deliver it to the door like my city's paper editor did one day. My bad.
posted by ~Sushma~ at 12:39 PM on December 27, 2010

Maybe celilo's experience is typical for NYC, but I've been interviewed for TV several times in smaller markets and the stations always sent me a copy of the segment when I requested it.
posted by tomwheeler at 2:59 PM on December 27, 2010

I called the news room and a very frantic sounding person said, "I'm sorry but I can't, I can't do it, I'm sorry, I can't" and hung up. LOL, I guess they are a little busy.

Anyway, I contacted a couple of monitoring services and several of them can get me a clip for $100. Thanks to everyone for your suggestions!

posted by flyingcowofdoom at 6:12 AM on December 28, 2010

Call the news department at the station, they are on call 24/7. I'm sure they would be happy to oblige.

Just to second celilo (and the poster's experience), I used to work in TV news and we were absolutely prohibited from doing this by management, even for guests who asked in advance, and even in our non-union shop.
posted by Jahaza at 7:49 AM on December 28, 2010

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