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Post by maxi » Sun Jul 11, 2004 3:56 am

I've seen one or two of his latest reports at a friend's house. He's always different and always interesting. I like the focus on southern Iraq even if it's basically army based and his freedom of movement must be quite limited.



Like others I think he's far and away the most interesting reporter at Sky News and I couldn't agree more he's a one off.

If you don't like him or have any appreciation of his work, why don't you just leave this forum for others who do to discuss what he's up to or the silly stuff that is funny like his latest hairstyle or whatever. I like it long too just for the record

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Post by Steven » Sun Jul 11, 2004 8:59 am

Well I haven't seen too much of what David has been doing in Iraq of late. But what I can say is that what I have seen I have been dissapointed with. Sky should have somebody in Baghdad.; As an estimate CNN have 4 correspondents in the capital. What David is doing is fair enough but not at the current time.

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Post by eagleeye » Mon Jul 12, 2004 7:10 am

David has just reached Baghdad. Allan King did a live with him from the central area where that arch is. It seems he must have flown up with the Brit army who then provided an escort in from the airport on what David said was a very dangerous road.

The contrast with how he looked when he got to southern Iraq is quite marked. Right now he looks very stressed, very hot and extremely tired. It must have been quite a trip. Hope that Sky still has that posh hotel bureau where he can rest up (and, er, have a decent shower, poor bloke!...and maybe a good drink!). The body language changes as soon as it's Baghdad. So much more tense. My guess is he's going to try to get around the city to report and I wish him luck and godspeed. Stay safe....

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Post by kev667 » Wed Jul 14, 2004 7:04 am

fishcakes+Jul 8 2004, 05:46 PM(fishcakes @ Jul 8 2004, 05:46 PM)

I know, David has been away for ages! I almost forgot about him. I prefer Jeremy



mmmmm!






We all have preferences, although this thread is for the appreciation of an extremely good reporter. Start a JT thread if you fancy it. He might be a good anchor but isn't comparable to DC in the field.



In other words, if you haven't got anything good to say.... u know the rest.





Secondly, thanks EE for keeping me up to date - I didn't watch at all, almost all of Sat and Sun & didn't catch DC in Baghdad. From what you say, as an experienced watcher, it sounds tense & a bit troubling.. As you say, Sky will expect more from him - getting out and about, unlike the other two. Good luck DC.



Was he around at all today? I had to go out again.. tsk.



I'm sure if it was critical for Dc to be in Baghdad, then he would have been. If they've had to take a decision similar to needing to be in Iraq and possibly weighing up the security situation further north and maybe DC's/the team's worrys about being in Baghdad. ..then fair play to them.. get the balance right and don't get kidnapped or worse. Do we want to see good reports or merely DC as a talking head, not getting out there finding things out..?



That was just rhetorical really, I don't need an answer - we know who the real fans are and what they want

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Post by eagleeye » Sat Jul 17, 2004 9:44 am

talking of 'talking heads' TV, yesterday was just that. Butler uninterrupted all day (ok except for 1 min on superbugs). Classic how only a Brit civil service mandarin could produce a report that everyone from all sides of the issue claimed vindicated them...masterful. Anyhow, IS David still in Baghdad?



Yesterday the other networks - and Sky's website - carried news of a major suicide bombing in central Baghdad's green zone, the assassination of the governor of Mosul and the beheading of a Bulgarian contractor by supposed Al Qaeda affiliates in Iraq.

Excuse me if I'm wrong as I only watched Live at Five, but as far as I could see, Sky News didn't cross once, even for only a few minutes to David in Baghdad.

So what's the point of being there (if he is) ? I would also have liked to have heard his views on WMD ever being there.



I just saw a short clip on CNN (guess who wants her intl news when only got 5 mins!!) showing some nervy and relieved looking passengers (mainly journos, NGO workers & businessmen) getting off a plane in Amman which had flown from Baghdad. Apparently Royal Jordanian's flying there now. Gulp. Anyhow, wondered if he'd caught the plane out this time. Wonder which is more scary; that or the car drive? Pls keep me posted, thanks !

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Post by maxi » Mon Jul 19, 2004 12:00 pm

I think David may have left or at least isn't in Baghdad. Sky carried a report at lunchtime today on the attempted bombing of a member of the Iraqi govt and they didn't cross to him. However I was just watching for a few minutes at my friend's house so I may be wrong.

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Post by eagleeye » Tue Jul 20, 2004 7:56 pm

Thanks. Is that right ?



Please can you others keep me posted on what's up as tomorrow's my last day with a TV again for quite some months. On the move.

Thank you.



Eagleeye :ph34r:

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Post by edofis » Tue Jul 20, 2004 9:50 pm

Eagleeyes gone blindeye again.

I'll see what i can do. Today they've got John Cookson, Fox correspondant in Baghdad.

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Post by kev667 » Fri Jul 23, 2004 2:55 am

eagleeye+Jul 15 2004, 09:18 PM(eagleeye @ Jul 15 2004, 09:18 PM)

I just saw a short clip on CNN (guess who wants her intl news when only got 5 mins!!) showing some nervy and relieved looking passengers (mainly journos, NGO workers & businessmen) getting off a plane in Amman which had flown from Baghdad. Apparently Royal Jordanian's flying there now. Gulp. Anyhow, wondered if he'd caught the plane out this time. Wonder which is more scary; that or the car drive? Pls keep me posted, thanks !






EE - As is my duty, I would like to keep you upto date on all matters Iraq. And especially an entity as strange as Royal Jordanian!



Here's a few paragraphs from an article by Andrew Gilligan in The Spectator of 17 April 04.



(and remember it's a three month old article while reading..) (And also, it's Chater-related because we need to know where he is, how he got in and out - and gives an insight into the kind of stuff he has to go through..!.. thanks.)





Baghdad



Twelve months after the war which was supposed to return Iraq to the ?international community?, to open it up for democracy, trade and progress, Baghdad is a city almost totally cut off from the outside world.



Not one of the four main roads linking the capital with its neighbours, Jordan, Syria, Turkey and Kuwait, is safe to travel on. At the city approaches from north, south and west, Baghdad has gunmen like London has DIY warehouses. Iraqis are routinely stopped and robbed. As for foreigners, anyone stupid enough to try these roads has, in the last few days, almost always ended up a hostage, or dead.



There is only one comparatively safe way in for Westerners ? a single daily flight from Amman with Royal Jordanian, the last civil airline still reckless enough to fly into the war zone. On board, RJ gallantly pretends that everything is normal. There are boarding passes, in-flight magazines, small beige meals on plastic trays. But then you notice that the entire crew seem to be South African. Many of your fellow passengers are wearing stetsons. And when we come in to land, it is with a plummeting, G-force-inducing corkscrew descent, designed to confuse anti-aircraft missiles and keep the insurgents guessing about our final angle of approach until the last possible moment.



On the road in from the airport, all the palm trees have been chopped down to provide clear fields of fire. The parapets of every overbridge are topped with high barbed-wire fences to prevent the grateful locals throwing rocks at us. The terminal itself is a ?sterile zone?, with no Iraqi and no civilian motor vehicle allowed within two miles of it. The first port of call, after dropping your bags at the hotel, is the Royal Jordanian office to make absolutely sure of your seat out. The scene there is like Saigon, say, two weeks before the fall: not quite open panic just yet, but not far off it. The price of a return ticket for the 80-minute flight has risen to ?850.



The Coalition?s loss of the most basic of all possible military necessities ? the security of its own supply, not to mention escape, routes ? says everything about the terrible mess it now finds itself in. After the final collapse, earlier this year, of the case on weapons of mass destruction, the events of the last ten days have ruthlessly stripped away all Whitehall?s and Washington?s other remaining fantasies, deceptions and pretences about Iraq: that the situation is ?gradually improving?, that the Iraqi people welcome us, that the resistance is confined to ?international terrorists? and Baathist ?remnants? determined to recapture the golden days of Saddam. These must be the world?s only known ?remnants? which grow bigger every week.



In Britain?s case, there is also loss of the greatest delusion of all ? that the British have any control whatever over the actions of the Coalition. British officials have been reduced to complaining to newspapers that they wouldn?t do it like this, never the best of signs.



The main US military spokesman, Brigadier-General Mark Kimmitt, is quite clearly a man in denial. As recently as Tuesday, he was still claiming that the fighting in the main battlefield, Fallujah, was all due to foreign fighters, including the ?key al-Qa?eda linchpin?, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who has been linked by the Americans to more terrorist attacks than Semtex. ...more here. http://www.spectator.co.uk/article.php?table=old§ion=current&issue=2004-07-17&id=4507&searchText=http://www.spectator.co.uk/article.php?tab...507&searchText=>

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Post by eagleeye » Thu Jul 29, 2004 6:33 am

Thanks for that, Kev! Wifi's not all it's cracked up to be but I have 2 mins now and I read your post.



It sounds like a case of be careful what you wish for...I remember reading ages ago an article David wrote for Sky's website where he spoke of the delight once when he found he was being flown into Baghdad, not having to sit out the 12 hour drive through the desert!



It sort of explains why Sky send people in via the south; but why did he go to Baghdad at all if it was just to leave from there, or have there been other reports since then ?



I'll check in when I can, which won't be often just now. Has anyone out there tried a french keyboard btw ?

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Post by TV Newsroom » Wed Aug 04, 2004 7:56 am

DC is back in London - he was working on the lead terror package. (didn't see him in-vision)

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Post by eagleeye » Sat Aug 07, 2004 6:06 am

ah, the wonders of Wifi...sadly, Sky's not on the web, not that the better half would allow such frivolity!!!



Thanks Johnnie for the update. Let me know when he's "in-vision"!



You'll have to give me more details - what 'terror' package ? Is this the story that's following on from the Pakistan arrests ? Bit out of touch here; only Brit news is the BBC's documentary on 'London buying the Olympics' - guess who's a rival bidder ?!

ie I only have french news. No-one remotely Chaterlike on that sadly.

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Post by eagleeye » Thu Aug 19, 2004 5:27 pm

Hey Kev and you lot out there - I log in to see you once a week and catch up on the news. Where's everyone and what's with DC gnus? Don't tell me it ain't raining so you are all outside - or watching the Olympics?!

tell me, are Sky covering Iraq right now, esp the conference and Al Sadr's militia etc or not?

thanks

working on better half to get a digibox....ideas welcome

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Post by eagleeye » Tue Sep 28, 2004 1:05 pm

I'm not going to flipping talk to myself or the cat, well not on this forum anyway, but where is that Chaterman and what's he reporting on these days? Merci...

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Post by Tanya » Fri Oct 01, 2004 8:56 am

I haven't seen him live reporting since Beslan school siege. Most of the time he is doing voice packages, like yesterday about "Hostage crisis" and two days ago about "Two British soldiers being killed in Basra."

Maybe somebody else knows more about David's work recently!

_______

Tanya

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Post by eagleeye » Tue Oct 19, 2004 3:19 pm

This sort of overlaps with the "will Bush win again" forum, but I reckon if Dubya makes it back in with Cheney et al in tow, David had better be brushing up on his Farsi right now. Next stop Teheran?!

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Post by kev667 » Wed Oct 20, 2004 6:23 am

It wouldn't surprise me to see a joint US-Israeli strike on Iran's sunburn missile launchers and nuke sites before the election.. god help us, if so.. or even after Nov2, god help us.



When Bush loses, watch out for a last minute presidential pardoning of Ken Lay.. Kenny Boy.. just like Clinton did to Marc Rich. Two predictions from me.



And also, for EE's benefit, DC is doing the package today on the CARE worker who has been kidnapped. I'll get it on vidcap for you EE.. w/instructions to use. But gotta pop out to work now! Byee all!

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Post by eagleeye » Fri Oct 22, 2004 10:32 am

"When Bush loses" aaaah Kev, don't get me hopes up so...



I'm really upset about that CARE worker. 30 years in Iraq. I gather Al Jazeera showed the video from the kidnappers. Did Sky? What's the Sky/Chater media angle on this?

French news just reported the kidnapping. I think that's a good idea. Not too much publicity for THEM. Tough call for the media though - once again, would like to get David's views. Not poss...

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Post by edofis » Fri Oct 22, 2004 6:38 pm

Hello peoples!

David was doing a voiceover on the Prince Harry attacking a photographer story.

He didn't sensationalise the story, but then, he never does.

I want to know what took Prince Harry so long!

EEye I'll pm you soon.

Me

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Post by eagleeye » Sat Oct 23, 2004 8:01 am

Hey Ed the Fish! Where've you been?



Guess it's slooooow news for those not doing the US circus. Hope DC gets to put his feet up and watch the show and nothing nasty happens in Europe, M.E. or elsewhere that needs urgent media attention...Sky seem to have put all their resources into the US election anyhow, so doubt there's much left over.



I'll watch out for your p.m.

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Post by kev667 » Tue Nov 02, 2004 4:37 pm

DC is outside Fallujah, embedded with Marines. waiting to go in.



Live at 12.21 today.





..more soon.

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Post by eagleeye » Tue Nov 02, 2004 6:16 pm

Weeell, not what I'd call a slow news day for David after all! Oh crikey, going into Falluja with the marines - right now too, at Bush election time. Where angels fear to tread... Who's gone in with him? (Are Peter Sharp and his crew still in Iraq or have they left?) I'd like to know how he got there; did he say?



If he does get a word in with 99.9 (recurring) % focus on the US election, please can anyone out there sitting watching the tube tell me what he's reporting about? Relying on the US army to keep you alive isn't the most reassuring thought; and I don't suppose in the circumstances that any criticism of their tactics is really possible.



Please update with news when you have it guys...thank you.

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Post by Mr Byrne » Tue Nov 02, 2004 6:26 pm

If I remember correctly, he is reporting on the caputured US soldier. Also, aren't the americans planning a large assault on Falluja? So it is quite sensible, from our perspective to have a correspondant out there on the front line. Fair play to DC. That part of Iraq is exceptionally dangerous.

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Post by eagleeye » Tue Nov 02, 2004 7:20 pm

The Americans have 'announced' that they are planning an assault on Fallujah and have invited the press???? This is going to be unbelievably intense combat and they tell their opponents exactly when it's happening and it'll all be filmed??!! Did they say what they had planned and for how long? Sorry, but I find this a bit weird. What's going on?

I think it would be interesting to get the US soldiers' take on the elections; have most of them still voted Bush for eg? Or is this full metal jacket war reporting on the assault, with David in the frontline getting shot at (again) etc. He's always so professional and has been as careful as possible since the end of the war when going to Iraq.

Do other channels have someone there as well, or just Sky?



Keep the reports coming, thanks.

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Post by TV Newsroom » Tue Nov 02, 2004 9:22 pm

here's a pic of DC in Fallujah

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