"Beep, Good Evening. Slate Sanchez's phone here reporting from the demolition site. Slate and the rest of the Action News team don't have AT&T, which means no bars out here on the outskirts of town. So we didn't get that call about the new blast zone — which is now here, instead of way over there. I'm Slate Sanchez, and I'm about to be The News!"Sometimes, an anchor in a newsroom or (more likely) on the scene becomes the news. While reporting the chaos caused by a monster attacking the capital city or the destructive force of some sort of massive natural or supernatural disaster or another kind of dangerous situation, he or she happens to fall victim to that very event he or she was reporting on. In many cases, right before this trope is invoked, the audience will get some clue foreshadowing the reporter's fate: a strange noise in the distance, for example. We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties often follows. A subtrope of Apocalyptic Log and Ignored Vital News Reports. Often overlaps with Redshirt Reporter if the reporter is reporting on-scene and dies, and sometimes appears in Kent Brockman News. Not related to Spinning Paper. See also The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You. See also Spectator Casualty, where a horrible fate happens to the audience instead of a reporter.
— AT&T phone commercial
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- The Page Quote comes from a late 2000's AT&T commercial involving a reporter named Slate Sanchez, who is reporting from a demolition site; this commercial was part of their "alter ego" series. He isn't an AT&T user, so he and his crew have no service and are unable to receive a call that they are directly in a new demolition zone. Cue a warning klaxon, the TV going out and an explosion sound.
Anime & Manga
- In an anime-only episode of Ranma ½, a reporter in the mountains talks of how a sabertooth tiger and a pterodactyl (both accidentally created by Ranma, Ryōga and Mousse) have been terrorizing the region. As he speaks, the sabertooth comes into the screen, grins at him as he realises what is sitting next to him, then lunges as the screen goes blank... much to the discomfort of Ranma, currently watching from around the corner back at the Tendō Dojo.
- A non-comedic usage: In Paranoia Agent, a news anchor is reporting on the mysterious wave of destruction proceeding through Tokyo when it engulfs him.
- Dragon Ball Z
Nappa: I HATE THE MEDIAAAAAAA!
- When Cell makes his first appearance. And when he's waiting until his tournament starts. The entire military goes to beat him, and he kills them all. The reporter in question is in a helicopter and is vaporized in the blast.
- Also happens in Dragon Ball Kai when Vegeta and Nappa come to Earth — the hapless reporters get taken out after Vegeta forbids Nappa from wiping out the Kai Fighters.
- In the original Saban dub, this was the scene with the infamous "Robot drone" and "I can see their parachutes" lines.
- Babidi theatrically declares the beginning of his genocidal rampage through a global telepathic broadcast. Keeps giving updates to the increasingly-terrified populace as he makes progress, only to have his last broadcast show everyone Goku's Super Saiyan 3 transformation followed by Buu and Goku's first fight, and then his own death at the hands of Buu.
- Something similar happens in Puni Puni Poemy where whenever a female reporter tries to report on Puni Puni Poemy sightings, she is dragged almost-all-the-way offscreen by someone.
- A reporter is eaten on camera (though off screen) at the end of the second episode of High School Of The Dead.
- When a Utahraptor gets loose in a TV studio in Dinosaur King, the anchor giving the report (from the studio in question), in a moment of Genre Savvy, mentions that she'll be giving regular reports assuming she hasn't been eaten.
- In volume one of Biomega, a news anchor blows his head clean off on-air when a barrage of world-altering bio-weapons are launched into the atmosphere. The weapons didn't go off anyway.
- The first episode of Voltes V involves a news reporter being vaporized by a laser beam.
- In Topps' card series Dinosaurs Attack!!, one of the cards displays the anchors who have been framing some of the action being attacked. The back of the card is "technical difficulties, please stand by."
- Used in an issue of Marvel Adventures: Avengers. A reporter brings a camera crew out into the jungles of Darkest Africa to report on an insanely insular country. The page is shot from the camera's perspective, and you can see Sabertooth crouching menacingly. Cut to The Avengers discussing the cut-off broadcast. This being Marvel Adventures, the reporter and crew got rescued by that same insular country.
- In the Avengers story-arc "Ultron Unlimited", the villainous robot laid waste to a small European country, and reporters on the scene don't go unnoticed. "Oh look, a human camera crew..." Needless to say, the screen goes to static pretty soon.
- The Man Who Laughs features the Joker's first meeting with Batman. He appears when a reporter is covering the re-opening of a renovated Arkham Asylum. He kills the reporter with Joker Venom (echoing the death of the news anchor in the Burton film), then holds the camera man at gunpoint so he films him as he delivers his message. He then shoots the cameraman.
- Also in Batman: The Cult the reporter in the studio gets shot at the back of his head while reporting on-air.
- Neil Gaiman's Secret Origins issue featuring Batman villains has a Framing Device in which a sensationalistic news team try to track down members of Batman's Rogues Gallery for interviews. The guy who went looking for the Joker finally makes an on-air annoucement that he didn't find him, before predictably collapsing and dying on air from Joker Venom.
- Ghost Rider
- One of '90s' issues had this as a "most shocking ending ever" when Blackout kills a news anchor to spite Danny Ketch.
- The new series did it with Sin ordering her men to spare the TV helicopter, so whole world can see the destruction of Washington. Once she fights Ghost Rider and wins, she says the TV crew served their purpose and gives the order to blow up the helicopter.
- A variation in The Punisher's "Welcome Back, Frank" storyline: a reporter is giving an interview on the actions of another killer who has shown up at the same time as the Punisher's return, only for said killer to walk up, shoot the guy she was talking to in the head, then give his own interview before running away. The scene then cuts to two secondary characters watching in a bar taking bets on whether or not the reporter pukes on camera (she does).
- Judge Dredd: As the Day of Chaos nears its destructive climax, a news reporter who had been assigned to cover the upcoming election in Mega City One sends out one last broadcast to his dead and dying viewers before blowing his brains out on live television.
- Anderson: Psi-Division: In "Half-Life", the human Judge Death executes a talk show host on live television for mocking the Justice Department by making a pass at him. He turns to the audience to warn them about respecting the law.
Films — Animation
- Johnny Express: When the title character is trampling the tiny planet, a broadcast is cut off to static and we see a family watching frozen in fear.
- The reporter in Resident Evil: Degeneration is killed by a zombie while reporting the incident after seeing her cameraman look behind her, panic and run. In a stunning display of rank stupidity, she angrily asks why he stopped taping instead of, say, hauling ass along with him.
Films — Live-Action
- Shows up several times in the BBC disaster-scenario docu-drama The Day After.
- Parodied in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Frank Vitchard, a reporter, reports on Ron and Veronica's situation in the bear pen when a bear rips his other arm off (he had already lost one arm during the big newscaster brawl earlier in the film).
- In Tim Burton's Batman, some news anchors are discussing the Joker's act of chemical terrorism on Gotham with the death of two models, both of whom have the Joker grin on them. A paper is slipped to the male anchor informing them of three more chemical deaths, when suddenly a female anchor starts laughing uncontrollably, and then falls over dead with the victims' characteristic grin on her face, becoming one of the at least 19 victims of the chemical.
- In The Dark Knight, newscaster Mike Engel and his crew are covering the hospital evacuations from Gotham General Hospital - the hospital the Joker destroys. He and his crew hastily board one of the school buses evacuating patients and doctors... alas, it's the very bus the Joker arranged to hijack. The Joker, never missing an opportunity, forces them to transmit another message to the city, with Engel reading a statement for him.
- In The Day After Tomorrow, a reporter is hit by a billboard in the middle of a tornado striking Los Angeles.
- In Livin Large!, the protagonist gets his big break into news when a reporter is shot by the gunman he was reporting on. He simply grabs his microphone and takes up the job.
- In the second live-action Scooby Doo movie, the news report on the monsters terrorizing town is interrupted by the Black Knight, and the broadcast suddenly cuts off. Nothing very terrible happened to the reporter, since she was actually the Big Bad in disguise.
- In Vantage Point the reporter at the start is right at the scene when the president is shot and frantically reports the event and the sound of a distant explosion right before being killed by the bomb in the podium exploding.
- The small town which is the setting for the movie Gremlins features an omni-present disc jockey whom the audience only hears over various radios; he is attacked by the Gremlins while on the air ("You're not Rockin' Rickey fans!!") but in something of a subversion he survives and is back on the air at the end of the movie.
- In Spider-Man 3, Harry sees a brief news clip of Venom eating the camera immediately before the final battle.
- Starship Troopers: "This is an ugly planet! A bug planet! A planet hostile to life as we— (Oh Crap! face) ...AAAAAAAGHHHH!!!!" Bonus points for his cameraman doing the exact same thing.
- In Countdown to Looking Glass, reporter Mick Boyle is on a ship next to the first nukes going off... which is summarily itself nuked.
- In the original Godzilla, a radio crew reporting the attack on Tokyo realize they have no way out. Accepting it, they announce this fact to their listeners and continue reporting until Godzilla destroys the tower from which they're broadcasting.
- A variation occurs in the first installment of The Howling; the female protagonist is a TV reporter who brings her story on the werewolves in the forest back to civilization, and not only turns into a werewolf on live TV, but is eventually shot dead. Problem was, most of the home audience dismissed it as a special effect.
- 2012. Happens to poorly disguised Arnold Schwarzenegger copy — just when the Governator has finished giving a press conference to say everything's going to be all right when the roof falls in on him and California starts sliding into the sea.
- Network is about a disgruntled evening news anchorman who threatens to kill himself on live television (shades of Christine Chubbuck). He eventually does get killed during a broadcast, although not by his own hand.
- There are a couple of these in the Title Sequence of Dawn of the Dead (2004)
"The president has direct contact with the CDC and head of FEMA. No further quest-OH MY GOD!"
- More substantially, a bonus feature on the DVD release is a series of faux newscasts showing the world collapsing as the zombie plague spreads. At the end, the anchor is pretty much the only one left alive, and it's pretty obvious his days (or minutes) are numbered.
- Brought up in Happy Hell Night, where a college student is practicing for an exposing newscast for the student channel and gets a pickaxe through his head.
- One of the camera crews reporting on the mysterious meteor strikes in Battle: Los Angeles barely get a few seconds showing strange figures coming out of the water before a missile hits the camera.
- In The Invisible Maniac, after the titular Villain Protagonist has killed multiple girls after stripping them topless, the climactic battle leaves the killer's fate ambiguous (to the public); then at the end of the film, a female news anchor reporting on the story is suddenly stripped topless by an unseen force and screams as she rushes to cover herself with her arms...
- Quarantine: The two leads are doing a "lighter side of the news" piece on life in a firehouse, when their Engine Company gets called to the infected apartment building.
- Parodied in The Kentucky Fried Movie when the on-air announcer says, "Moscow in flames, missiles headed towards New York, Film at 11."
- Special Bulletin:
- In this Made-for-TV movie, a reporter is covering the scene where the assault team is attempting to deactivate a terrorist nuclear bomb on a boat in the harbor, mentioning how they're supposed to have over an hour, but not realizing the team has tripped one of the fail-deadlies, arming the mechanism and shortly thereafter, cutting off his report in mid sentence. Even better, the viewers (us) got to see in split-screen with the reporter a live feed from a camera in the compartment with the bomb, as the rad-suited technicians were working on it. Everything's okay, then the voltage across a circuit starts to fluctuate wildly, the technicians become a lot more tense, one of them panics and actually runs away, and then boom.
- Also, a few minutes later the news network establishes contact with a reporter who was at the impromptu media center across the bay and we get to see what her cameraman had recorded: a room full of people just hanging out waiting for someone to come in and give them an official statement, then white-out, then after a second or so the camera recovers from the overload and shows a view of the room and people on fire, and then the shockwave arrives and the only good thing about it is that it puts out the fire. The reporter and her cameraman actually survive unscathed ... except for the likely fatal dose of radiation they both got.
- The made-for-TV movie Without Warning is depicted as a series of news reports. The final scene as Earth's population centres are summarily bombarded with asteroids sees the anchorman quoting Shakespeare until an asteroid hits nearby and the picture cuts to static.
- In Battle: Los Angeles, the reporter on the beach covering the alien invasion is killed by one of the alien weapons — "Oh my ----".
- Turned Up to Eleven in Hobo with a Shotgun where The Drake, Slick and Ivan invade a news broadcast on Slick's incineration of a bus full of schoolchildren, kill the newscaster by stabbing him through the chest with an ice skate, brandish the charred corpse of a child at the camera, and order the townspeople to kill the homeless.
- The original ending of Little Shop of Horrors has an onsite reporter filming as the alien plants Take Over the World. The last thing we see is a giant Audrey II advancing towards the camera before it cuts to static.
- Both film adaptations of The War of the Worlds have the line "Once they begin to move, no more news comes out of that area."
- Runaway: During the first "runaway" incident where a house robot commits murder and holds an infant hostage, a local news crew keep bugging Sgt. Ramsay for live coverage from inside the house. The cameraman actually follows Ramsay inside to document it despite Ramsay's warning signs to get out of there for his own safety, and the guy is shot and killed by the robot.
- In Nightcrawler, this is engineered by Lou
- In the Cold Open of Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil, which is actually The End... Or Is It?, a local TV news reporter and her cameraman are murdered by a disfigured slasher.
- The Bio Pic film Balibo, about the fate of Roger East and the Balibo Five during Indonesia's invasion of East Timor in 1975, depicts East desperately transmitting a news telegram about the fighting to Sydney just before he is captured and executed by soldiers.
- Dave Barry's novel Tricky Business uses this as a running gag. A reporter is on the scene for a story about a boy who was electrocuted by a power line in a flooded suburb of Miami. The reporter and cameraman, who are now themselves standing in the same area, die. A news van and helicopter follow, and the death toll rises as the reporters keep doing the same things that they are advising the audience to avoid. In the epilogue it turns out that the boy whose death they were reporting didn't even die in the first place. Ultimately, every single death attributable to the storm is of a newsy.
- In Final Destination: Death of the Senses one of Death's intended victims, a bitchy reporter, gets impaled through both eyes by a large two-pronged icicle that falls on her during a live broadcast.
- In Stephen King's The Stand, a radio call-in show discussing the government's crackdown on civil liberties during the Captain Trips plague is interrupted by a military squad entering the studio and gunning down the host.
- World War Z:
- Reality TV variant: a mansion full of celebrities, hired mercenary guards and cameramen insist on broadcasting a real-time running account of their efforts to survive the Zombie Apocalypse. They're overrun not by zombies, but by hordes of panicked civilians who saw the broadcast and realized the mansion offered a potential refuge from the undead. Alternately, they were attacking because they were incensed at the celebs' arrogance.
- Also, during the unmitigated disaster that is the Battle of Yonkers, the large media turnout at what was supposed to be this great victory are instead overrun by zombies when the human forces are thoroughly routed.
- In Gust Front, a reporter doing a feature on the human forces battling the Posleen on another world is witness to and victim of an unexpected attack that's deliberately shown on the air when the President of the US does a press conference announcing Humanity's First Contact and the pending Alien Invasion. The last scene shown, recorded by the camera that was dropped when the operator was killed, was one of the French Foreign Legion bodyguards shouting "Cameron!" as he jumps into combat with just his knife, presumably killed off-screen.
- Trica Tanaka gets hit by a meteorite on Lost while covering Hugo's chicken shack.
- The re-imagined Battlestar Galactica miniseries does this with a group of news reporters being blown away by the nuclear bombs going off all over the colonies.
- In the original Battlestar Galactica, Serina is reporting on the peace celebrations when the Cylons attack.
- Parodied on The Daily Show during a field report from Stephen Colbert on a baseball player whose bat had shattered during a game, sending bits of wood flying everywhere - one of the shards hit Colbert while he was looking away and pierced his skull. He doesn't seem to have noticed, but the report degenerates into incoherent rambling.
- This may be a parody of an event that happened in 2000, when Chuck Knoblauch threw a ball into the stands — and hit Keith Olbermann's mother in the face. It predates TV, but could have been captured on a newsreel: On Mother's Day 1939, Bob Feller's mother was hit by a foul ball... from a pitch thrown by Feller.
- The final episode of The 4400 shows the NTAC agents watching a news report on the Promicin plague. At one point, the scene cuts to the NTAC agents and later cuts back to show the reporter succumbing to the Promicin plague.
- Doctor Who:
- "The Ambassadors of Death" has an inversion of the usual moral roles in this trope, with the heroes invading a press conference where the main villain is planning to murder an alien on live TV in order to start a war.
- In the episode "Turn Left", the BBC keeps covering the spaceship plowing towards Buckingham Palace. Once it hits, the screen goes white... and then Donna sees the mushroom cloud.
- "Army of Ghosts" has not only the news, but any broadcast program in which the eponymous ghosts are featured suddenly turn into one of these when the ghosts are revealed to be interdimensional Cybermen.
- Set during the same day as "Army of Ghosts", the online, extra scene for "Doomsday" shows a news report on the ensuing chaos at the hands of the Cybermen and the Daleks. As the reporter speaks, the studio shakes and crumbles. Suddenly, a Dalek appears and approaches her while crying "Exterminate!" The screen goes dead... and clearly, so does the poor reporter.
- In "The End of Time", Part One, the newsreader and Barack Obama are turned into Master clones on live TV. Of course, so is the whole human species save Wilf and Donna, so there's nobody actually watching to be shocked.
- In an episode of Babylon 5 the recurring "ISN" news station is stormed by government forces during a live broadcast as one of the signs of President Clark's tyranny becoming blatant enough for Babylon 5 to declare independence.
- The Goodies. Done with a Giant Paw of Stomping in the episode "Kitten Kong". Although it's Michael Aspel who gets attacked by the titular beast, so there's pedigree (no pun intended) behind this one.
- Non-fatal example from The Sarah Jane Adventures: While describing people getting possessed throughout the world, the news reader gets possessed. "I accept the Ancient Lights".
- A variation occurs in a DVD bonus skit recorded for The Day Today. A reporter who has been pretending to be at the WTC for a trade conference is thrown to for the 9/11 attacks, at which point it becomes apparent he is oblivious as to everything that is happening. In an attempt to cover up, he pretends to be part of the disaster.
Peter: One of the towers... the other tower... the tower I'm in is collapsing! I'm collapsing, Chris, under the sheer... I've managed... I'm out! I'm out!
- A Running Gag in Drop the Dead Donkey was how Damian's sensationalist field reports always resulted in his cameraman getting injured. In fact during every Title Sequence Damien can be seen checking footage of a report from a war zone, during which the camera POV suddenly falls to the bottom of the trench, with on-screen Damien crouching without pause to continue his report.
- One That Mitchell and Webb Look sketch had a brilliant example of this, parodying the trend of news reporters asking the public for their opinions on the news by having them do this when reporting on an unstoppable alien invasion. Though they are eventually obliterated, it's not before they discuss possible results, comment on the progress of the destruction, and open viewer mail.
News Presenter: Carl from Andville writes, "Where's Doctor Who when you need him? In fiction, I imagine!" ...yes, indeed, because we're running out of time both on the program and just generally.
- A regular skit on '70s Saturday Morning Kids Show Tiswas was 'The News With Trevor McDonut' (named after big-name news anchor Trevor McDonald), which featured Deadline News stories, inevitably combined with a truly awful pun.
- During the course of the TV series Life a recurring bit was a documentary filmmaker doing interviews with people about Charlie Crewes (the protagonist). In the last episode, the unseen filmmaker interviews the Big Bad, who explains his motivations and then kills the filmmaker.
- In the All That spinoff The Amanda Show, They would have a segment called When ______s attack (sometimes hula girls, The Brady Bunch, etc) They would watch the clips of people being attacked and then at the end the subject would attack the newscaster.
- Parodied in WKRP in Cincinnati's famous episode "Turkeys Away", when the station manager's plan to free twenty turkeys as a Thanksgiving promotion turns out to mean dropping them from a helicopter ("As God is my witness... I thought turkeys could fly.") Les Nessman's breathless report from the scene is cut off mid-sentence when disgusted onlookers attack him, following which the helicopter lands and the surviving turkeys lay into him too.
Les: Oh, no, Johnny, can you get this? Oh, they're plunging to the earth right in front of our eyes! One just went through the windshield of a parked car! Oh, the Humanity! The turkeys are hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement!
- In Lexx, a Red Shirt Reporter gets Distracted by the Sexy of a 50-foot woman, and dies under her foot.
Anchor: We'll get right back to the scene, courtesy of... someone else. (smiles blandly)
- Russell Edgington pulls off a juicy one in the third season of True Blood as he murders the anchor during a live newscast, then proceeds with his exposition while holding the poor victim's blood-soaked spine in his hand.
Edgington: We will eat you! After we eat your children! Now time for the weather. Tiffany?
- Dead Like Me features the death of a newscaster when a captive bear gets loose. Subverted—his wetting himself in fear while standing by a power socket kills him before the bear gets close enough.
- New Tricks has one Victim of the Week as a radio shock-jock who burned to death live on air.
- Monty Python's The Final Rip Off has a report from the "man being eaten by a crocodile event" in which the reporter stood too close to the crocodile pit and got eaten.
- A non-lethal version happened in The '80s cop show Hunter, when Hunter and McCall chased a criminal into a news studio during a live broadcast. Captain Devane is at home watching all this on television. He just shakes his head at the sight of his two detectives looking embarrassed at the camera.
- In Mr. Show, Channel 6 "On the Spot News" has a habit of creating the stories they report as they're reporting them, from a reporter instigating a riot by throwing something at a police officer, to one reporter gunning down her colleague live on camera.
- Lordi album The Arockalpyse starts with with a news report where at least two reporters in the field are killed by invading demons while talking to the news anchor.
- Not exactly a disaster, but related: there was an Internet joke document years ago which parodied a day-by-day report on the Barcelona Olympics. In it, the Opening Ceremonies wrapped up with footage of perennial Olympics announcer Bob Costas using a fire extinguisher on his butt, because the guy who was supposed to light the torch instead fired his flaming arrow into the NBC press booth.
- This was a common occurrence on The Muppet Show, where a news report would often end with the subject of the report falling on the Newsman in a slapstick manner.
- A similar joke in a Muppets comic had Fozzie reporting on a home run during a baseball game the night before. Just as he mentions how the ball sailed over the stadium and just kept going, it hits him in the head.
- In the radio version of The War of the Worlds, Carl Phillips, reporting live from Grover's Mill, is burned to death mid-sentence by a Martian heat ray. Likewise the reporter in New York narrates the advance of the Martian tripods until he is killed by their poison gas. The broadcast goes to dead air, then one voice comes on, repeatedly asking if anyone is out there. Independence Day paid homage to this as part of its advertising campaign.
- The sports version is in the Australian play And The Big Men Fly, where the football games are always narrated as an Offscreen Moment of Awesome by the sports radio commentators. At the end of the play one of them gets hit in the head by a football, deliberately kicked up there in payback for an earlier incident.
- At Universal Studios:
- In the queue video of The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, a news reporter is shown getting footage of the Sinister Syndicate stealing the Statue of Liberty, before Doctor Octopus attacks and the broadcast abruptly ends.
- During the queue video of the original version of The Incredible Hulk Coaster, a live news report that follows the military surrounding Bruce Banner's laboratory ends when the Hulk breaks out and hurls a tank at the camera, and presumably the reporter as well.
- The former King Kong Encounter segment of the Studio Tour had a reporter in a helicopter get caught by Kong and thrown, the helicopter crashing right above the tour bus.
- Alan Wake has an interesting example. Wake has to run from the police (headed by FBI Agent Nightingale) and the Taken in the middle of a Washingtonian Wilderness' night, and sees the local radio station (headed by a friendly acquaintance) in the distance, and decides to flee there first. On the way, he is able to pick up some random radios and listen to the radio host, live on the air (who in return is called by concerned citizens about the sound of police sirens and gunfire in their neighbourhood, which naturally emanate from Nightingale's posse). When he finally gets to the station and tries to tell the host inside the studio what happened, the police shows up and a drunken Nightingale tries to shoot Wake, even though he is unarmed, and standing inside the tone studio with the radio host right next to him. He misses Wake, but totals the studio in the process. A short time later, the radio host managed to get the programme up and running again, in which he now repeatedly apologises for the incident and raves about Nightingale's recklessness (seeing how he was nearly shot by him). He does so for a few days.
- Basically the entirety of Michigan: Report From Hell, where up to 6 reporters will be hurled into the maw of a waiting Eldritch Abomination throughout the game, as the cameraman (i.e., the player) films their reports. The best ending seems to require getting all the money shots.
- Mass Effect:
"This is how a human dies. Ramming Speed."
- Everyone's favorite reporter (Kahlisah Al-Jalani) can end up getting punched out by the person she insists on pestering. Repeatedly.
- In the same universe, in a Twitter feed run by Bioware as a prologue to Mass Effect 3, Emily Wong (the more reputable Intrepid Reporter) was on Earth reporting on the failure of the Sol System's comm buoys when the Reapers attacked. She died driving her news van in a kamikaze attack on a Reaper after basically everybody else she was with was dead and she realized that she was starting to show signs of Indoctrination.
- Condemned 2: Bloodshot has a reporter being captured by a cult. The reporter apparently thinks that it's his duty to report no matter what, because he talks about the cult cutting into him and performing surgery as it happens for quite some time before he's cut off abruptly.
- A cutscene in the first Ratchet & Clank (2002) shows robot reporter Darla Gratch reporting on slime aliens attacking a major city. The report ends just as one of the monsters sneaks up on her and attacks her. She's later seen again with a large chunk of her robot hair bitten off.
- Used in a very depressing and slow way in Resistance 2 where radio man Henry Stillman broadcasts from a barricaded radio station in ruined Philadelphia. He starts as a professional and stable news man in the first radio broadcast you hear, but as you hear more in the various levels he slowly breaks down and then it ends with him declaring that humanity has lost the war and he decides to go "take a walk" in the alien filled streets. You can hear them all on Youtube, but it's pretty depressing.
- Likewise for the Hunk chapter in Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles where several of the overheard radio broadcasts are various newscasters and reporters frantically reporting on the zombie outbreak, ranging from a station that's been surrounded but which is stoically trying to warn any other survivors to escape, to a DJ who's lost it and keeps screaming about how they're all doomed.
- A promo for the cancelled Dead Rush had a reporter reporting on the current monster outbreak when her crew is attacked. The last scene you see is the reporter getting lifted off her feet as growling is heard. Check it out.
- Command & Conquer
- Happen at least twice in Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars: first to a pair of civilian reporters shortly after the Philadelphia is destroyed, and then again to a Nod reporter before Temple Prime is hit with the Ion Cannon. In the cases of both sides' reporters, they are pretty much in the middle of things. The GDI reporters are shown to survive, albeit shaken and disheveled. The Nod reporter, however, was at the epicenter of an explosion that blew up Eastern Europe.
- Earlier, in Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun, Oxana Kristos, who had been declared dead by her former colleague in the news studio (working for the traitor Hassan), casually sits down next to him on live TV. He's startled, but she tells him to "Please, continue"... then shoots him moments later.
- The original King of the Monsters has a news anchor serving as the start-of-fight announcer. In the ending, he's shown in the studio... which promptly collapses on him as the victorious monster roars.
- Happens in the intro to Shattered Union with a flash behind the reporter in Washington, D.C., followed by static showing that the capital has been hit with a nuke. Cue the Divided States of America.
- Happens in Crackdown 2 in which a reporter on the Freaks disaster gets killed by one jumping on the top.
- In Tropico 3, you can order your military to shoot the omnipresent DJ, Juanito, either to terrify rebels, because you don't like him, or simply For the Evulz.
Juanito: This is TNT! And we are dynamite! And we are about to explo— [BOOM]
- Dead Rising 2 has this in the true ending. After the group realizes that Phenotrans is behind the zombie outbreak, Rebecca Chang tries to call her station about the story, and is immediately shot and killed by Raymond, who works for the company. It's also a Surprisingly Sudden Death.
- In the original, the player character Frank West is a journalist who ultimately has to save the survivors he intended to report upon. In several of the endings, he dies in the attempt, and even in the best ending, he is still infected.
- In StarCraft II, during the Hyperon Bridge mission, a woman reporter is shown - among many other examples - describing a bad enemy attack. She's standing in a combat area, saying to the camera, "Zerg have just attacked a research facility..." which you can see in the background of where she's standing, before a large explosion turns the broadcast to static.
- Shockwave Assault: A news reporter delivers a story on several meteorites hitting Earth, and suddenly the news room violently shakes and screams are heard from off-camera. The news reporter then shouts, "Control room? What is going on? Al? What is...", and the video cuts to a test pattern.
- Telltale Games' adaption of The Walking Dead has an instance of this during Episode 1, if the player decides to help fix Carley's radio.
- The epilogue of Virtue's Last Reward begins with a newscaster discussing the horrible extent to which the Radical-6 virus has spread before succumbing to it and killing herself.
- The first trailer for Fallout 4 begins with a dog exploring a decrepit house, before flashing back to how the place looked in the moments before the bombs fell. In the flashback, the radio is on, and the newsreader shakily breaks the news of confirmed nuclear detonations before dropping the franchise's iconic Tag Line:
My God. Our soldiers were right. War... war never changes.
- The game's prologue has a TV reporter breaking said news of nuclear detonations and loss of contact with other news stations, before the broadcast is interrupted.
- Played to extremes in The Demented Cartoon Movie, when Zeeky H. Bomb is interviewed live on television. Not only is the interviewer consumed by the nuclear explosion caused by the Zeeky words, but so are viewers around the world, followed by the world itself.
"Oh Crap!, that will be broadcast all over the world!"
- One strip of Ansem Retort has Sora and Namine watching a news report about Larxene nuking Disneyland and killing survivors, when she suddenly shows up, to the surviving news team's dismay.
- Happens in Paranormal Mystery Squad when the PMS is fighting K'aanll'ngua, though they manage to save the reporter.
- In Commander Kitty, one of the news anchors reporting on how 45% of the galaxy has just inexplicably turned blue ends up transforming mid-sentence.
- In 1983: Doomsday, several news networks such as CNN or NBC were showing the 35th Emmy Awards when a special announcement from the white house interrupted the broadcast. In it Press Secretary Larry Speakes comes out and announces that World War III has begun and that several nuclear missiles are inbound to targets around the world, and then collapses from a stress induced heart attack. Cue the horrified reporters.
- Whateley Universe: in "Ayla and the Birthday Brawl" the team is in a simulation, pursuing supervillains across downtown Dallas. A news helicopter that swoops in to get pictures (against police directives) gets a surface-to-air missile from the supervillains for their efforts.
- The Onion:
- Welcome to Night Vale: A non-fatal example happens to Cecil in episode two, when he is possessed by the Glow Cloud.
Cecil: "And now, slaves of the Cloud, the Weather..."
- In fact, Cecil frequently reports on terrifying and potentially deadly events happening right in his radio studio rather often. He reports from his hiding place under his desk as Station Management emerges from their office for the first time in recent memory, gets possessed at least twice more, follows a portal into a Nightmare Fuel Mirror Universe and continues describing what he finds there, and remains at his post during Strexcorp's takeover of the radio station.
- Dragon Ball Z Abridged naturally includes the DBZ example - specifically, Cell. After the TV reporter attributes all the Empty Piles of Clothing to legalized marijuana, a familiar shadow falls over him.
"Just a moment, someone is approaching! Excuse me, you terrifying-looking gentleman, what are your opinions on the legalization of - OH MY GOD, NAAAAA-"
- Nappa blowing up the "Paparazzi", as he calls them, in episode 7. The "cargo robot" bit from the original DBZ dub is parodied by having the announcer state that the cargo was people.
- This Rum and Monkey news roundup:
"Meanwhile, in other news, reports that the maniac behind the campaign of retribution is right behind me have been verified, and key witnesses have been found to be gesturing at me frantically. A spokesman for me has declined to comment, stating only "please don't kill me," before making a doomed attempt to barricade the door. Latest updates indicate that I'm going to die, oh shit here he is, he's in the fucking door and he's got a shotgun, and he's about to -"
- College Humor: In the "End of the World parody", several of Channel 9's reporters are killed on live television, including a newscaster being devoured by zombies invading the studio.
- In Family Guy, Asian Reporter Tricia Takinawa is reporting on a hurricane when a car is blown into her. Cut to the studio, where the weather mime then blows into anchors Tom Tucker and Diane Simmons.
- In one episode of Lilo & Stitch: The Series one of the the experiments, which resembles a giant Venus flytrap, starts running amuck. This ends up on the news and we hear a female reporter reporting on it and she screams and it's implied she was eaten alive by the plant creature. Interestingly, after she gets eaten no one seems at all phased by this and no one mentions her again.
- South Park:
- The episode "Night of the Living Homeless" has homeless breach the news station and ask the reporter for change, while the reporter is reporting on the homeless invading South Park and causing general mayhem.
- The episode "It Hits the Fan" featured a reporter covering the outbreak of a disease that causes the victim to vomit up all of their organs. Before he even gets a sentence out, he... vomits up all his organs and dies.
- In Transformers Animated a reporter is covering the Robot War that Soundwave was starting when his camera started attacking him. Then we see a News-Bot covering the news a few days later... But he's okay, you get to see him covering the garbage dispute in the episode "Garbage in, garbage out".
- SpongeBob SquarePants: After giving SpongeBob a driver's license just to get him out of his class, Mrs. Puff has an Imagine Spot of SpongeBob going on a carefree driving rampage. Cut to Realistic Fish Head reporting on the carnage, and immediately getting run over by the blissfully unaware sponge. He was conscious, though.
Realistic Fish Head: Let's... not... use that take.
- In Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers episode "Out to Launch" a reporter is making a live-action about a new Space Shuttle as it suddenly gets out of control and goes plummeting towards the control tower. It takes about two seconds after relaying the info for him to realize that he too is in said tower.
- In an episode of Invader Zim, a giant rampaging hamster crushed the news studio where they reported it, which they had actually been able to easily see him about to do, as they were recording his every action.
- Another variant, in which the reporter has already been hit: In "The Big Snit", a short cartoon sponsored by the National Film Board of Canada, a breaking news report on a nuclear holocaust is delivered by a skeleton.
- The Simpsons:
- Used several times on the Treehouse of Horror episodes, ranging from Kent Brockman being attacked by zombies to Kent Brockman being beaten to death by land-walking dolphins. Particularly memorable when he was killed by a giant advertising-icon-turned-moving-rampaging-monster version of himself.
- In the fourth-season episode "Mr. Plow", Brockman makes out far better, but woe is Arnie Pie, Channel 5's "Eye in the Sky" traffic reporter. Pie has been assigned to do a report on skiing conditions from the news helicopter during a blizzard, but the weather conditions make it clearly unsafe to fly. When Pie complains about his safety, an annoyed Brockman grits his teeth and demands to know the ski conditions. Cut to Pie screaming for his life (as the helicopter crashes), "Tell my wife I love ..." before the video feed is lost. Brockman chuckles, "Heh heh heh, good one, Arnie!"
- Used somewhat badly on an episode of The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 in which Hip and Hop go to Earth and steal a sports car. While they're racing around causing chaos, a news team reports on the mayhem. The report ends when the kids crash into the camera shooting it. The camera can be seen in the report it's supposed to be filming.
- In Futurama, Season 6 Episode 4 "Proposition Infinity": at the beginning of the episode.
Linda: We now go live to our eye-in-the-sky hovercopter on the scene of that terrible hovercopter crash. Jim?
Jim: (in a burning hovercopter) The news is not good. I've just learned that my final words were: Back to you, Linda.
- On Danny Phantom it's a Running Gag for Lance Thunder, weatherman, to get sent out to cover whatever ghostly invasion is occurring. Forecast says that we have a 100% chance of seeing him get attacked over the course of the 'Ghost Watch'.
- Batman: The Animated Series:
- The Joker releases a powerful cloud of gas that causes people to break into hysterical laughter. Inevitably, the radio report can't make it to the end without bursting into giggles.
- The newspeople learn their lesson, though, and we see on a later TV broadcast that a reporter is wearing a World War I-era gas mask.
- In the episode "Beware the Creeper", of The New Batman Adventures, Joker interrupts a special news program about him by gassing the crew. Then, he takes the news anchor, dumps him into a vat of chemicals (twice), blows him up, and lets the whole vat drain into the river. The anchor survived, but, needless to say, he wasn't exactly sane after that experience.
- The Young Justice episode "Failsafe" features a Keystone City news reporter (Kid Flash's Aunt Iris of all people) becoming a victim of the alien invasion she's covering in the middle of her report. It comes with the nice touch of her coworker shouting at her to watch out before the camera cuts out. Thankfully, the whole episode is taking place in the characters' heads.
- In The Legend of Korra "And the Winner Is...", when Equalists attack the pro-bending finals, the radio commentator covers the attack as it happens, even when one of the Equalists enters his booth to silence him.
Shiro Shinobi: One of them is in the booth with me right now, folks! He is leveling one of those glove devices at me now, and I believe he is about to electrocute me! I am currently wetting my pants!
- One episode of Back at the Barnyard has Otis posing as a television reporter. When Mrs. Beady tasers him, he declares "This just in: I'm in horrible pain!" before passing out.
- In the Gravity Falls finale, reporter Shandra Jimenez reports on the devastation of the Weirdmageddon and gets turned to stone by one of Bill Cipher's eye-bats, finishing her report with "I'm Shandra Jimenez, and I'm turning into stone!" before freezing completely.
- The page image, taken from the "Superbabs" segment of the Tiny Toon Adventures episode "Cinemaniacs!," has a news anchor reporting on a giant blob devouring Acme Acres. Unfortunately for the anchor, he is caught unaware by the blob devouring the news studio as well, and he screams in panic before the broadcast is lost.
- In a news report on 9/11, reporter NJ Burkett of ABC standing a few blocks from World Trade Center 7 was reporting that the fire department had cleared out of the building, fearing that its collapse was imminent... during this report, the building indeed collapsed, and the reporter found himself running from a cloud of smoke and debris.
Burkett: WE BETTER GET OUT OF THE WAY!
- CNN reporters Bernard Shaw, John Holliman and Peter Arnett were in a hotel in downtown Baghdad on January 19, 1991 when coalition forces, led by the United States, began bombing the city. CNN, the only network able to broadcast from there at the time, abruptly put the three men on the air live with no TV feed, and their dramatic radio-like reports vaulted CNN to the forefront of modern television news reporting.
Anchor: We're going to Bernard Shaw in Baghdad.(no picture; sound of exploding bombs in the background)Bernard Shaw (out of breath): This is, uh.... something is happening outside!
- Anderson Cooper, reporting on Hurricane Dennis, was almost decapitated when a piece of aluminum siding suddenly broke off in the wind and flew straight at him. He managed to get out of the way.
- A weather reporter is reporting on a torrential rainstorm with lightning and thunder, the whole bit, when suddenly there's a flash and the camera dissolves to static for two seconds before cutting back to the confused anchors. The weatherlady was struck by lightning. Worst of all, this is played for laughs on a comedy show about the funniest moments in television (she survived, but retired).
- Hell, every time Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel is outside, it's a Real Life example...
- One Braves game radio broadcast had a sequence something like this: "He hits a foul ball, and it's heading into the -" CRASH! "It's between your feet, Skip."
- ABC's Al Michaels, during Game 3 of the 1989 World Series at San Francisco's Candlestick Park just as the Loma Prieta earthquake hit the Bay Area: "I'll tell you what, we're having an earth-"
- A slight variation, in which a reporter is reporting at an airport. Unfortunately, he's standing too close to the runway, and gets clipped right in the head by a plane as it lands. Here are two examples.
- This video shows a Georgian (south of Russia, not Southern US) reporter getting shot by a sniper while in the middle of reporting on the South Ossetia conflict.
- Al Roker did this during the 2005 hurricane season. During Hurricane Katrina, Al reported from New Orleans and was clearly being affected by the heavy winds. At one point, he remarked that one of the other guys with him said, "Al, don't you wish you had your weight back?" (he had just recently had gastric bypass surgery). Al further said, "Right now, I think I do!!!" before the strong winds caused him to trip and fall.
- On August 11, 1999, every news studio and reporter in Salt Lake City had front row seats to a tornado sweeping through the downtown core.
- On July 15, 1974, chronically depressed Sarasota, Florida anchorwoman Christine Chubbuck shot herself in the head during a live News Broadcast.
"In keeping with Channel 40's policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts, and in living color, you are going to see another first — attempted suicide."
- Al Jazeera lost several reporters during the Second Intifada, some of which were recording at the time. Since reporters are required to give their locations to the IDF, the already-Israeli-critical network took it deeply personally when some of those deaths were caused by IDF strikes.
- A controversially memetic instance on short-lived Italian talk show 10 Minuti: father's rights advocate Nicola De Martino nearly immolated himself in protest on December 11, 2006. Several crewmen, the host, and De Martino's estranged son managed to talk him down and finish the interview. De Martino's dousing himself with fuel (Questa è benzina)Trans , which rights organization Figli Negati Trans. had "condemned," became widely circulated since.
- On July 27, 2007, Reuters reporters interviewing Iraqi citizens (some of whom were armed) were mistaken for militants by a US Army helicopter crew and fired upon. The story really became infamous when WikiLeaks posted the gun camera footage of the incident, given to them by Chelsea (at the time, Bradley) Manning.
- In late 2011 a group of reporters found their hotel in the Middle East taken over by terrorists. This didn't stop them from continuing to transmit reports back to America with news of what was going on in the hotel.
- During the bombardment of Homs, Syria by government troops, reporter Marie Colvin sent back reports of being shot at and shelled in the basement refuge she shared with both terrified Syrian civilians and her fellow journalists. The day after her last report, she was killed.
- During the 2011 conflict in Libya, Geraldo Rivera found himself under fire while broadcasting, leading to suitably dramatic footage of him seemingly leaning over and protecting his cameraman. He would later openly and proudly admit that the only reason he didn't run for his life was that he had bad knees.
- Also, Mohammed Nabbous, who was a blogger, independent journalist, and one of the key figures in the Libyan revolution. He was killed by a pro-Gaddafi sniper while on camera reporting from the Battle of Benghazi.
- Among the dead in the Port Kaituna Airstrip Murders, perpetrated by followers of Jim Jones just before his group's mass suicide, were an NBC reporter and camera operator. They were along with U.S Congressman Leo Ryan to document his attempt to bring back cult members who did not want to remain in Jonestown and to investigate the compound.
- In May 2013 A weather man in Witchia Kansas had to stop reporting on the Tornado as it was now barreling down towards the studio. He was so far into his reporting he didn't realize that the studio was right there.
- At least one police chase in the United States has had part of the foot chase go right through a news station. As one reporter at that station said it "While everyone else was reporting the news, we were the news."
- If World War III had ever broken out during the 1950s-1980s period, emergency broadcast protocols actually would have called for radio stations to continue broadcasting emergency instructions for as long as possible - meaning until the bombs hit or until their emergency generators ran out of juice after the attack. Although pre-recorded messages were created (with the BBC known to have developed an entertainment-style program to keep morale up), someone had to be available to provide current information.note These days this trope likely applies less as many emergency notification messages are now delivered via computerized voice and should the need arise the system could be programmed remotely to provide information, or a report can be "phoned in" without the need to have a live person sitting at a studio microphone near a potential ground zero.
- British offshore pirate radio stations had this happen to them fairly often, between rough seas and the frequently rather dilapidated state of the ships. This recording from Radio North Sea International is a particularly memorable example.
- Another well-known example is when Radio Caroline was boarded and forced off the air by British and Dutch authorities while broadcasting. Although they were nice enough to let the DJs explain what was going on before shutting off their transmitter, with one of the DJs even asking if they wanted to play anything right as they went off air.
- During the 1980 Mt. St. Helens eruption, KOMO news reporter Dave Crockett was caught in the ash cloud, but survived. USGS surveyor David Johnston, the first person to report the eruption, was not so lucky, being swept away by a pyroclastic flow just after his transmission: "Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it!". Reid Blackburn, a photographer for The Columbian newspaper, was also killed in the act.
- Juan Guerra and Jorge Viera, reporters for the Spanish language TV station Telemundo, were caught in the crossfire of the 1997 North Hollywood bank shootout, some rounds missing them by less than two feet.
- Jane Dornacker was doing a traffic report for WNBC (now WFAN) radio in New York in 1986 when the helicopter developed a mechanical problem. She told the pilot — live on the air — to "hit the water, hit the water, hit the water!" The chopper then crashed into the Hudson River, killing her and severely injuring the pilot. It's believed that her last words were the result of her surviving a helicopter crash in the Hackensack River six months prior and thinking that a water crash would be survivable.
- And years after NBC sold off their radio stations, WNBC-TV has had two of their helicopters crash. The first time was in 1998- their brand new chopper, which they had been promoting the hell out of, crashed into the Passaic River. That forced them to bring the old helicopter back into service. That one then crashed in 2004 onto a rooftop in Brooklyn- rival WABC managed to capture that with their own chopper. Thankfully, no one got killed in either of those incidents.
- In 1982, the anchors of KOOL-TV (now KSAZ-TV) in Phoenix were held at gunpoint by a man who wanted "to prevent World War III". After holding them hostage for several hours, he then forced them to interrupt programming around 9:30 PM to make anchor Bill Cose read a statement by him for about 20 minutes with a gun pointed at his belly the entire time. It included such gems as instructing Johnny Cash to tell Queen Elizabeth II to evacuate London before it was nuked by Argentina, that Ronald Reagan's son Ricky (who doesn't exist by the way; his sons are named Micheal and Ron) was being brainwashed by Islam, and that Phoenix would be invaded by an army of ants. You can watch the entire thing here.
- On August 26, 2015, Alison Parker and Adam Ward, a reporter and cameraman (respectively) for WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, Virginia, were shot and killed during a live report and the gunman, a disgruntled ex-coworker, appeared on camera briefly as it fell over. The gunman himself uploaded his video of the shooting shortly after, but it was later removed.
- On December 2, 2015 a San Bernadino California anchor was caught behind a police chase involving the suspects of the San Bernadino terror attack when shots rang out.
- In Libya during the Arab Spring, NBC's Richard Engel, in rebel-held territory, was examining a rebel gun when mortar fire rang out and a shell landed less than fifty yards from where Engel was crouched. (Engel, a veteran military embed who had spent the previous fifteen-odd years mostly living in the area, hit the dirt out of reflex — but that didn't stop his dear friend Rachel Maddow from rather unhappily pointing out that every time he pulls that sort of stunt, the people who love him (including herself) worry a lot.)
- On December 15 2015, KIMT reporter Adam Sallet was reporting on a bank robbery when a bank employee ran out past the camera and told Sallet "That's the robber right there!" while pointing him out. Sallet cut his report short to place a 911 call regarding the robber.
- On January 11, 2016 a KTLA Reporterwas attacked by a bystander on the Hollywood Walk of Fame while reporting on the death of David Bowie.
- In January of 2016 someone appeared to flash a gun in front of a Serbian news reporter in mid-report.
- On March 8, 2016 KTVU reporter Alex Savidge was almost hit by a car after it ran off the road. Everybody was okay as seen in the clip and the only casualty was one of the camera lights.
- On September 21, 2016 CNN reporter Ed Lavendera was knocked down by a rioter while covering a night of riots in Charlotte, North Carolina.