Madeleine – 10th – Sky +

By now, the doors of the church had closed. Inside, the congregation got on with the service. Outside, the various reporting teams were working frantically. There was copy to be written and script to be rehearsed.

It was difficult to be sure quite who was who, but there were teams from Lisbon and teams from the UK.

Sky and Martin Brunt were definitely on site, outside the church, and with a plethora of kit. There was a van directly outside the church that I want to show to you. I think it was Sky, but I didn’t ask, so I can’t be certain.

It had Portuguese plates, was LHD, and had Portuguese documentation. It was a Mercedes. The sodium lights make things difficult colour-wise, but it was pure white to the eyeball. It was shining like an alien craft from Area 51 in Nevada. It had as much technology in the back as we have in our entire house.

The size of the satellite dish on top suggests this beasty can do live broadcasts all around Europe if need be. At this precise moment in time, 3 May 2017, the biggest programme going out was a BBC special Panorama on the 10th anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance. As far as I could tell, no one was doing anything live that night. Martin Brunt was reading printed notes, doing a shot, going back to his notes, then another little piece etc. I presume this lot got edited and glued together into something much shorter and sharper.

While the congregation was inside and the media teams outside were working harder than a nest of ants, I had a quick look at 2017 technology. Here is what the van looked like on the inside.

I will try to take you through the teams I recognised on 3 May 2017. Please bear in mind I am not an expert on media teams, so if I get this about half-right, I consider I am doing quite well.

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