The Visual Nut!


The news editor was in a very disturbed state of mind that evening. He was new to the newsroom as he was posted by the television channel in a remote bureau office located in the hilly terrain of the tribal belt. The somewhat sleepy newsroom, its damp surroundings, and the easy-going people there made it all the more irritating for him. His posting came during the most biting phase of the winter and his newsroom pals seemed to be more interested in sitting cosily closer to their burning warm electric heaters chatting and chewing betel nuts with betel leafs than anything else. There was that obvious onset of a threatening lethargy that the hapless news editor tried to resist with all his might. He had to ensure that the most important story of that day got included in the news bulletins.

The story was written, edited and ready, but somehow the visuals were eluding everyone. Again and again, the tape was inserted in the video editing machines and checked. No visuals emerged on the monitors. What happened? Furious, the news editor wanted to know.betflik ทางเข้า The channel camera unit was there for the coverage and stayed there for the full coverage of the event with interviews. Then, what could have happened?

The editor called the concerned channel executive for explanations. The fellow came in with a benign smile busy chewing a mouthful of betel nut and leafs. As the editor started questioning the smile transformed into a grin and his chewing never seemed to stop.

“Why there are no visuals?”

“Well, Sir, you see… we tried and tried. But no visuals… !”

“But how could it happen? The cameraman was there all the time with his camera.”

“Sir you see… he is the only cameraman here… lots of pressure… for everything in this bureau he is the only… “

“But he was there with the camera. The visuals had to be there.”

“… He is so lonely here… no family… no good food… many… many problems… !”

“But what happened to the visuals?”

“Sir, I asked the poor guy… he forgot to press the record button sir… he is so hard pressed… !”

“Good heavens, no!… He did not need to press it so hard I suppose! How much strength does the poor starving guy require for that exercise?”


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