‘– It es­ca­lated re­ally quickly riot ’ it was like be­ing in a

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - TODAY'S PICK - WITH LIZ HAYES, 60MINUTES

“I WAS in Swe­den [this month] work­ing on a story and we went into an area to film. We hadn’t even got­ten the cam­era out of the car when we were con­fronted by a mob who didn’t want us there. We got a bit of a slap-up, I guess. It hap­pened re­ally fast – it’s that crowd men­tal­ity, where things es­ca­late. It’s kind of like be­ing in a riot.

There were a cou­ple of guys in a car who de­lib­er­ately ran down our cam­era­man.

It was quite con­fronting. And it was un­for­tu­nate, to say the least. Ul­ti­mately, the crowd started to turn on it­self and when that hap­pened, we were able to get out.

We’re trained on how to deal with those sit­u­a­tions. You’ve got to fig­ure out how to dif­fuse it and es­cape, with­out any­one get­ting too hurt.

Twenty years with 60 Min­utes – not even I ex­pected that. In TV, you can never be guar­an­teed what’s around the cor­ner.

It’s a pretty fickle world. I’ve never sat too com­fort­ably in my seat or had ex­pec­ta­tions of any kind. I al­ways feel rather grate­ful when I get an­other year.

I started out in news­pa­pers, so when I came into TV I just went from day to day, week to week, learn­ing the craft.

Af­ter 10 years at the To­day show, I was asked if I wanted to do this [ 60 Min­utes]. I re­mem­ber won­der­ing if I could con­vert my skills from the stu­dio to be­ing on the road. It worked out OK.

I’m al­most black and blue from pinch­ing my­self con­stantly. The peo­ple I’ve met, the sit­u­a­tions I’ve found my­self in, the places I’ve gone – it’s in­cred­i­ble.

What over­whelms me the most is the trust peo­ple put in me, in al­low­ing me to come into their lives and tell their sto­ries. I’ve never un­der­es­ti­mated that.

You’ve got to put your­self in their shoes … try to un­der­stand what it must be like for them and how you’d want to be rep­re­sented.

As soon as I’ve done one story, I’m onto an­other. I put the feel­ings away … I pack it away. They do come back up oc­ca­sion­ally, but that’s how it goes.

It’s not all har­row­ing, though. Lots of peo­ple make me laugh. And I’m with a crew – there are four of us and we de­brief very well. Nor­mally af­ter a day’s shoot we sit around and have a beer – or in my case, a glass of wine – and talk through what’s hap­pened. It’s al­ways good to hear their per­spec­tives. We share the bur­den around a bit.”



With Shan­non Mol­loy

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