Live news report labelled a ‘fake’ after revelations chopper was parked on helipad 2

A live cross on Australian television has been labelled a fake after it was revealed the report from a chopper actually took place on the ground.

9 News Brisbane reporter Cameron Price was reporting live from on board the 9 News chopper. The on screen caption stated he was “near Beerwah”, the scene of the Daniel Morcombe police investigation.

Website Mumbrella revealed the helicopter was actually parked on the 9 News helipad at Mt Coot-Tha.

A spokesperson for Channel 9 told the Mumbrella website:

“Our chopper was forced to divert from Beerwah due to bad weather, and air control instructed them to touch down. Seven know this because they have a camera permanently monitoring our pad. The decision was made by the pilot on safety grounds. The producer was unaware until it was too late to abort or delay the cross.”



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  1. You can learn alot from all these media mistakes; most of all, don’t lie if you can’t do it well.

  2. You could almost take Channel 9’s explanation as being truthful, but then we see within seconds of the video that Cameron Price could have corrected the anchor when she said he was near the search site.