Reporter swears at O&A hecklers, gets fired

Laurence Glavin
Fri May 20 17:43:49 EDT 2005

>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Bob Nelson" <>
>Subject: Reporter swears at O&A hecklers, gets fired
>Date: Fri, 20 May 2005 14:39:14 -0400

> TV reporter Arthur Chi'en has been fired for shouting the "F" word at
> two hecklers during his live report at a subway train station.
> Chi'en was doing a story about Metro Card scammers when two men began
> shouting about radio shock jocks Opie and Anthony.(snip) Fans of Opie
> and Anthony are reveling in Chi'en's firing. They have mounted a
> campaign to annoy TV reporters.

I think part of the problem is the felt need by TV News Directors 
to have reporters standing in front of a building or other such
entity, even if the actual video was done hours or days earlier.
If Arthur had done a complete news package and only had to
introduce it, he could have done it in-studio, and he'd still
be on WCBS's payroll.  Sometimes Dan Rea is standing on an empty
street on WBz-TV's oops CBS 4's early news to announce a story
taped the night or afternoon before.

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