NEW YORK (PIX11) – Location, location, location.
As in real estate, the tenant is crucial in journalism – a lesson learned by a BBC reporter who shared a giggly outtake from a report he did earlier this year.
BBC’s Quentin Sommerville stood next to a burning pile of heroin, opium, hashish and “other narcotics” to report on a massive Afghan drug bust that netted nearly 8.5 tons of illicit substances.
But he was apparently a little too close.
Just a few seconds into his first take, Sommerville grins widely, giggles and crouches down. Soon, his cameraperson starts laughing, too. And subsequent takes were also rendered useless by a pervasive case of the giggles.
Several media outlets report that Sommerville posted the video to his own YouTube page, but a search on Tuesday shows it has since been taken down.
However, the BBC journalist made a cheeky comment on his Twitter account Monday, affirming the video’s authenticity.
“Always be careful where you stand during an afghan drugs bust,” he wrote.