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[[caption-width-right:350:Not even the news is safe from the BlobMonster.]]

->''"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!"''
-->-- '''AT&T phone commercial'''

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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. WeAreExperiencingTechnicalDifficulties often follows.

A subtrope of ApocalypticLog and IgnoredVitalNewsReports. Often overlaps with RedshirtReporter if the reporter is reporting on-scene ''and'' dies, and sometimes appears in KentBrockmanNews. Not related to SpinningPaper. See also TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou. See also SpectatorCasualty, where a horrible fate happens to the audience instead of a reporter.

!!'''As a DeathTrope, there may be unmarked spoilers ahead. Beware.'''



* The Page Quote comes from a late 2000's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNrxk0JexHQ 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.
* Parodied in ''Series/TheDailyShow'' promos when Jon Stewart first took over hosting duties. One promo features him covering an evacuation in Saigon and he appears to be reading off of cue cards.
-->'''Jon Stewart:''' The mass evacuation of Saigon has begun. Quite frankly, this reporter doesn't mind telling you he's scared to death and he's not sure he'll make it out here alive... [[OhCrap Holy [beep]! Is that true?!]]

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In an anime-only episode of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', 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 ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'', a news anchor is reporting on the mysterious wave of destruction proceeding through Tokyo when it engulfs him.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ''
** 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 ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' when Vegeta and Nappa come to Earth -- the hapless reporters get taken out after Vegeta forbids Nappa from wiping out the Kai Fighters.
-->'''Nappa:''' I HATE THE '''''MEDIAAAAAAA!'''''
** In the original Saban dub, this was the scene with the infamous [[NeverSayDie "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 ''Anime/PuniPuniPoemy'' 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 ''Manga/HighSchoolOfTheDead''.
* When a Utahraptor gets loose in a TV studio in ''VideoGame/DinosaurKing'', the anchor giving the report (from the studio in question), mentions that she'll be giving regular reports assuming she hasn't been eaten.
* In volume one of ''Manga/{{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 ''Anime/VoltesV'' involves a news reporter being vaporized by a laser beam.

[[folder:Card Games]]
* In Topps' card series ''TabletopGame/DinosaursAttack!'', 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."

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Used in an issue of ''ComicBook/MarvelAdventures: Avengers''. A reporter brings a camera crew out into the jungles of DarkestAfrica to report on an insanely insular country. The page is shot from the camera's perspective, and you can see [[ComicBook/XMen Sabertooth]] crouching menacingly. Cut to Comicbook/TheAvengers discussing the cut-off broadcast. This being [[LighterAndSofter Marvel Adventures]], the reporter and crew got rescued by that same insular country.
* In the ''[[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]]'' story-arc "ComicBook/UltronUnlimited", 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.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'':
** ''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 ''ComicBook/BatmanTheCult'' the reporter in the studio gets shot at the back of his head while reporting on-air.
** Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Secret Origins'' issue featuring ''Batman'' villains has a FramingDevice in which a sensationalistic news team try to track down members of Batman's RoguesGallery 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.
* ''ComicBook/GhostRider''
** 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 ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'''s "ComicBook/WelcomeBackFrank" 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).
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': 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.
* ''ComicBook/AndersonPsiDivision'': In "Half-Life", the human Judge Death [[HangingJudge executes a flamboyantly gay 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.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* One poem from a ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' Sunday strip featured a ''TyrannosaurusRex'' rampaging through a city:
-->''A camera crew from channel nine\\
Arrived in time to give\\
A live report\\
At this they failed\\
because they didn't live.''

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/PokemonNovaAndAntica'': A variant. In Chapter 2, a Pidgeot tries to attack a news anchorwoman on-screen, but the cameraman saves her, leaving the camera to its fate. WeAreExperiencingTechnicalDifficulties immediately follows.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* WesternAnimation/JohnnyExpress: 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 ''Anime/ResidentEvilDegeneration'' is killed by a [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombie]] while reporting the incident after seeing her cameraman look behind her, panic and run. In [[TooDumbToLive a stunning display of rank stupidity]], she angrily asks why he stopped taping instead of, say, hauling ass along with him.
* A rather complicated example in ''Film/OsmosisJones'': After Thrax had malfunctioned Frank's brain causing his body temperature to skyrocket to dangerous levels, the NNN (Neural News Network) reporters, at their station, promise their viewers to stay on the air for as long as they can, delivered in a tense manner as we see NNN footage of various body parts collapsing and shutting down. It's not the intense heat that injures them though, but infighting stemming from them feeling agitated. They do survive once Frank is cured, but both of them now have [[InstantBandages patches, casts, and gauze on them]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Shows up several times in the BBC disaster-scenario docu-drama ''Film/TheDayAfter''.
* Parodied in ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy''. [[spoiler: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 ''Film/{{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 ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', 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 ''Film/TheDayAfterTomorrow'', 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 ''[[Film/ScoobyDooMonstersUnleashed 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 BigBad in disguise.
* In ''Film/VantagePoint'' 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 ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'' features an omni-present disc jockey whom the audience [[TheVoice 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 ''Film/SpiderMan3'', Harry sees a brief news clip of Venom eating the camera immediately before the final battle.
* ''Film/StarshipTroopers'': "This is an ugly planet! A bug planet! A planet hostile to life as we-- (OhCrap face) ...AAAAAAAGHHHH!!!!" Bonus points for his cameraman doing the exact same thing.
* In ''Film/RoboCop2'', reporters from numerous TV studios show up to report the announcement of Delta City, and the unveiling of the new [[TitleDrop Robo Cop 2]] model. Moments after being tempted by the Nuke drug, the original Robo Cop shows up and a massive gun battle erupts that pits [=RoboCop=] 2 vs the original, the Detroit P.D., and O.C.P. security. Once Robo Cop 2's rampage ends, among the dozens of dead and injured are police, security, bystanders, paramedics, and newscasters.
* In ''Film/CountdownToLookingGlass,'' reporter Mick Boyle is on a ship next to the first nukes going off... which is summarily itself nuked.
* In the original ''[[Film/{{Gojira}} 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 ''Film/TheHowling''; the female protagonist is a TV reporter who brings her story on the [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent 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.
* ''Film/TwoThousandTwelve''. Happens to [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed poorly disguised]] Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger 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.
* ''Film/{{Network}}'' is about a disgruntled evening news anchorman who threatens to kill himself on live television (shades of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christine_Chubbuck Christine Chubbuck]]). He eventually does get killed during a broadcast, although not by his own hand.
* And ''Film/{{Christine|2016}}'' is a biopic of Christine Chubbuck, which of course ends with her on-air suicide. See RealLife below as well.
* There are a couple of these in the TitleSequence of ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004''
-->"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 ''Film/HappyHellNight'', where a college student is practicing for an exposing newscast for the student channel and gets a [[PowerfulPick pickaxe]] through his head.
* One of the camera crews reporting on the mysterious meteor strikes in ''Film/BattleLosAngeles'' barely get a few seconds showing strange figures coming out of the water before a missile hits the camera.
* In ''Film/TheInvisibleManiac'', after the titular VillainProtagonist 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...
* ''Film/{{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 ''Film/TheKentuckyFriedMovie'' when the on-air announcer says, "Moscow in flames, missiles headed towards New York, FilmAtEleven."
* ''Film/SpecialBulletin'':
** In this MadeForTV 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 [[EarthShatteringKaboom bombarded with asteroids]] sees the anchorman quoting Shakespeare until an asteroid hits nearby and [[InferredHolocaust the picture cuts to static]].
* In ''Film/BattleLosAngeles'', the reporter on the beach covering the alien invasion is killed by one of the alien weapons -- [[KilledMidSentence "Oh my ----"]].
* Turned UpToEleven in ''Film/HoboWithAShotgun'' 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 ''Film/LittleShopOfHorrors'' has an onsite reporter filming as the alien plants TakeOverTheWorld. The last thing we see is a giant Audrey II advancing towards the camera before it cuts to static.
* Both [[Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds film]] [[Film/WarOfTheWorlds adaptations]] of ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' have the line "Once they begin to move, no more news comes out of that area."
* ''Film/{{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 [[TooDumbToLive shot and killed by the robot]].
* In ''Film/{{Nightcrawler}}'', [[spoiler: this is engineered by Lou]]
* In the ColdOpen of ''Film/TuckerAndDaleVsEvil'', [[spoiler:which is actually TheEndOrIsIt]], a local TV news reporter and her cameraman are murdered by a disfigured [[SlasherMovie slasher]].
* The BioPic film ''Balibo'', about the fate of Roger East and the Balibo Five during UsefulNotes/{{Indonesia}}'s invasion of [[UsefulNotes/TimorLeste East Timor]] in 1975, depicts East desperately transmitting a news telegram about the fighting to UsefulNotes/{{Sydney}} just before he is captured and executed by soldiers.
* A blink-and-you-miss-it version in ''Film/TheSumOfAllFears''. A television in the Baltimore hospital that is hit by the nuclear blast is screening a live report of the President's emergency evacuation from the stadium (where the bomb is). The screen goes white a fraction of a second before the blast wave hits.

* Dave Barry's novel ''Literature/TrickyBusiness'' 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 ''[[ShootTheShaggyDog didn't even die in the first place.]]'' Ultimately, ''every single death'' attributable to the storm is of a newsy.
* In ''Literature/FinalDestination: 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 Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheStand'', 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.
* ''Literature/WorldWarZ'':
** RealityTV 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 ZombieApocalypse. 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. [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation 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 ''[[Literature/LegacyOfTheAldenata Gust Front]]'', a reporter doing a feature on the human forces battling the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts 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 FirstContact and the pending AlienInvasion. The last scene shown, recorded by the camera that was dropped when the operator was killed, was one of the [[UsefulNotes/GaulsWithGrenades French Foreign Legion]] bodyguards shouting [[BattleCry "Cameron!"]] as he jumps into combat with just his knife, presumably killed off-screen.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Tricia Tanaka gets hit by a meteorite on ''Series/{{Lost}}'' while covering Hugo's chicken shack.
* The re-imagined ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' 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 ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'', Serina is reporting on the peace celebrations when the Cylons attack.
* Parodied on ''Series/TheDailyShow'' during [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=127291&title=The-Bat-Incident a field report]] from Creator/StephenColbert 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 Creator/KeithOlbermann'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 ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'' 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.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS7E3TheAmbassadorsOfDeath "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 [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E11TurnLeft "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.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E12ArmyOfGhosts "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 "[[AC:Exterminate!]]" The screen goes dead... and clearly, so does the poor reporter.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]], Part One, the newsreader and UsefulNotes/BarackObama are turned into Master [[MesACrowd 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 ''Series/BabylonFive'' 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.
* ''Series/TheGoodies''. Done with a [[GiantFootOfStomping Giant Paw of Stomping]] in the episode "[[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever 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 ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'': While describing people getting possessed throughout the world, the news reader gets possessed. "I accept the Ancient Lights".
* A variation occurs in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SPWgodul_E a DVD bonus skit]] recorded for ''Series/TheDayToday''. 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 RunningGag in ''Series/DropTheDeadDonkey'' was how Damian's sensationalist field reports always resulted in his cameraman getting injured. In fact during every TitleSequence 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 ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' 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 Series/DoctorWho 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 SaturdayMorningKidsShow ''Series/{{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 ''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 BigBad, who explains his motivations and then kills the filmmaker.
* In the ''Series/AllThat'' spinoff ''Series/TheAmandaShow'', They would have a segment called When ______s attack (sometimes hula girls, Series/TheBradyBunch, etc) They would watch the clips of people being attacked and then at the end the subject would attack the newscaster.
* Parodied in ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'''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! OhTheHumanity The turkeys are hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement!
* In ''Series/{{Lexx}}'', a RedShirtReporter gets DistractedByTheSexy of a [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever 50-foot woman]], and dies under her foot.
--> '''Anchor:''' We'll get right back to the scene, courtesy of... someone else. (smiles blandly)
* ''Series/TrueBlood'': Russell Edgington [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKn7hhgLPes crashes a live newscast]], and [[KilledMidSentence kills the luckless anchor by ripping out his spine.]] Which he then proceeds to hold in his hands as he delivers a speech about vampire superiority.
-->'''Russell Edgington:''' [[BadassBoast We will eat you. After we eat your children.]] [[MoodWhiplash And now time for the weather! Tiffany?]]
* ''Series/DeadLikeMe'' 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.
* ''Series/NewTricks'' has one Victim of the Week as a radio shock-jock who burned to death live on air.
* Creator/MontyPython'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 TheEighties cop show ''Series/{{Hunter}}'', when Hunter and [=McCall=] chased a criminal into a news studio during a live broadcast. [[DaChief 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 ''Series/MrShow'', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAzzhsR8YLg 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.
* ''Series/TheManInTheHighCastle'': After [[spoiler:Adolf Hitler's death]], an illegal news broadcast in the Greater Nazi Reich exposes the truth to the public before the newsman is shot to death on live television.
* In ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'', a very obnoxious AttentionWhore of a reporter ends up ''ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice by an uprooted mailbox'' while reporting on a hurricane. The PunnyName of the segment was [[LampshadeHanging "This Just In... My Chest"]].
* A truly disturbing example comes in the SeriesFinale of the Jim Henson property ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}''. The main plot of the episode sees the WESAYSO corporation destroying the mating grounds of a particular insect; [[ForWantOfANail the lack of the bugs leads to a chain of events]] that ultimately results in snow clouds forming that will lead to the ''mass extinction of all life on Earth'', a SuddenDownerEnding and GreenAesop taken to the extreme. To hammer the point home, the penultimate scene shows the main characters gathered around a television set watching news anchor Howard Handupme deliver the final forecast: "And taking a look at the long range forecast: continued snow, darkness, and extreme cold. This is Howard Handupme. Goodnight... goodbye." We then cut to the family's home being gradually covered with snow...

* 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.

[[folder:New Media]]
* 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.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* This was a common occurrence on ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', where a news report would often end with the subject of the report [[DropTheCow 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 ''Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds'', Carl Phillips, reporting live from Grover's Mill, is [[KilledMidSentence 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. ''Film/IndependenceDay'' 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 OffscreenMomentOfAwesome 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.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* At Ride/UniversalStudios:
** In the queue video of ''Ride/TheAmazingAdventuresOfSpiderMan'', 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 ''Ride/TheIncredibleHulkCoaster'', 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 ''[[Ride/{{Kongfrontation}} 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.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/AlanWake'' 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.
* There's one memorable moment in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': a TV anchorman is commenting about the latest earthquakes that have specifically targeted Sector 7 when suddenly he looks up in horror as debris crushes him and the camera to death. This represents how both the slums AND the mega-city above were purged of civilians just to kill a ten-man group of terrorists.
* Basically the entirety of ''VideoGame/MichiganReportFromHell'', where up to 6 reporters will be hurled into the maw of a waiting EldritchAbomination throughout the game, as the cameraman (i.e., the player) films their reports. The [[MultipleEndings best ending]] seems to require getting all the money shots.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** Everyone's [[SarcasmMode favorite]] reporter (Kahlisah Al-Jalani) can end up getting punched out by the person she insists on pestering. [[RunningGag Repeatedly]].
** In the same universe, in a Twitter feed run by Bioware as a prologue to ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', Emily Wong (the more reputable IntrepidReporter) 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 [[DyingAsYourself starting to show signs of Indoctrination]].
--> "This is how a human dies. Ramming Speed."
* ''VideoGame/Condemned2Bloodshot'' 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 ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2002'' 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 [[FridgeLogic with a large chunk of her robot hair bitten off]].
* Used in a very depressing and slow way in ''VideoGame/{{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 ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilTheUmbrellaChronicles'' 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. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsUcjQp4Qb4 Check it out]].
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer''
** Happen at least twice in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberiumWars'': 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 ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSun'', Oxana Kristos, who had been [[{{Unperson}} 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 ''VideoGame/KingOfTheMonsters'' 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 ''VideoGame/ShatteredUnion'' 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 DividedStatesOfAmerica.
* Happens in ''VideoGame/{{Crackdown}} 2'' in which a reporter on the Freaks disaster gets killed by one jumping on the top.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Tropico}} 3'', you can order your military to shoot the omnipresent DJ, Juanito, either to terrify rebels, [[TheScrappy because you don't like him]], or simply ForTheEvulz.
-->'''Juanito:''' This is TNT! And we are dynamite! And we are about to ''explo-- '''[=[=][[StuffBlowingUp BOOM]][=]=]'''''
* ''VideoGame/DeadRising 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 SurprisinglySuddenDeath.
** 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 ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'', 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.
* Creator/TelltaleGames' adaption of ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' has an instance of this during Episode 1, if the player decides to help fix Carley's radio.
* The epilogue of ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'' 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 ''VideoGame/{{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 TagLine:
--> 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 [[KilledMidSentence the broadcast is interrupted]].
* In the prologue of ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'', a television news crew is reporting on the start of the ZombieApocalypse when a group of soldiers urge them to leave due to a nearby gas leak. This proves to not be a GasLeakCoverup when an explosion knocks out the broadcast, at which point the character watching the news sees a massive fireball several miles away.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Played to extremes in ''WebAnimation/TheDementedCartoonMovie'', 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 [[EarthShatteringKaboom the world itself]].
-->"OhCrap, that will be broadcast all over the world!"

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[http://www.ansemretort.org/ansemretort/index.html?comic=106 One strip]] of ''Webcomic/AnsemRetort'' 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 ''Webcomic/ParanormalMysterySquad'' [[http://www.paranormalmysterysquad.com/strips-pms/katie_needs_a_boost when the PMS is fighting K'aanll'ngua]], though they manage to save the reporter.
* In ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'', [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2012/02/06/film-at-eleven/ one of the news anchors reporting on how 45% of the galaxy has just inexplicably turned blue ends up transforming mid-sentence.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Literature/NineteenEightyThreeDoomsday'', 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 WorldWarIII has begun and that [[ApocalypseHow several nuclear missiles are inbound]] to targets around the world, and then collapses from a stress induced heart attack. [[MassOhCrap Cue the horrified reporters]].
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': 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.
* ''Website/TheOnion'':
** At the end of [[http://www.theonion.com/content/video/ominous_music_heard_throughout_u this]] video.
** And [[http://www.theonion.com/video/in-the-know-has-halloween-become-overcommercialize,14284/ these]] [[http://www.theonion.com/video/voting-machines-elect-one-of-their-own-as-presiden,14286/ two.]]
* ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'': A non-fatal example happens to [[TheNarrator Cecil]] in episode two, when he is possessed by the [[TheHypnotoad 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 [[TheDreaded Station Management]] emerges from their office for the first time in recent memory, gets possessed at least twice more, follows a portal into a NightmareFuel MirrorUniverse and continues describing what he finds there, and remains at his post during Strexcorp's takeover of the radio station.
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' naturally includes the ''DBZ'' example - specifically, Cell. After the TV reporter attributes all the EmptyPilesOfClothing to legalized marijuana, a familiar shadow falls over him.
-->"Just a moment, someone is approaching! Excuse me, [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight 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''.
* [[http://rumandmonkey.com/articles/95/#.VGC6cX9-hhE 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 -"
* Website/CollegeHumor: In the "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XTwWqzKeXc End of the World parody]]", several of Channel 9's reporters are killed on live television, including a newscaster being [[ZombieApocalypse devoured by zombies]] invading the studio.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Asian Reporter Tricia Takinawa is reporting on a hurricane when a car is blown into her. Cut to the studio, where [[RuleOfFunny the weather mime then blows into anchors Tom Tucker and Diane Simmons.]]
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' 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. [[RedShirtReporter Interestingly, after she gets eaten no one seems at all phased by this and no one mentions her again.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** 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 ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' a reporter is covering the RobotWar 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".
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': After giving [=SpongeBob=] a driver's license just to get him out of his class, Mrs. Puff has an ImagineSpot 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 ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' 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 ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Used several times on the ''WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror'' episodes, ranging from [[KentBrockmanNews 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 ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3'' 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 ''WesternAnimation/{{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.\\
(''Hovercopter explodes'')
* On ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' it's a RunningGag 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'.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** 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 [[ContinuityNod we see on a later TV broadcast]] that a reporter is wearing a UsefulNotes/WorldWarI-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 [[ComicBook/TheCreeper exactly sane]] after that experience.
* The ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' 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 ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' "[[Recap/TheLegendOfKorraS1E6AndTheWinnerIs And the Winner Is...]]", when Equalists attack the [[FictionalSport pro-bending finals]], the [[CombatCommentator 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! [[BringMyBrownPants I am currently wetting my pants!]]
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/BackAtTheBarnyard'' 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 ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' finale, reporter Shandra Jimenez reports on the devastation of the Weirdmageddon and gets [[TakenForGranite 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 ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' 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.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* On the morning of December 6, 1917, a French munitions ship loaded with explosives collided with another ship and caught fire in the Narrows Strait just off [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halifax_Explosion Halifax, NS]]. At the railyard near Pier 6 where the burning ship drifted in, dispatcher Vince Coleman and a coworker were told what was happening and ran for their lives -- only for Coleman to turn back when he remembered a passenger train was about to come in. He ran back to the station and sent out one telegraph message after another warning the train to stop. His messages were received by other stations down the line, letting officials respond. All incoming trains stopped in time. ''Hold up the train. Ammunition ship afire in harbor making for Pier 6 and will explode. Guess this will be my last message. Good-bye boys.'' Minutes later the ship exploded, killing 2000 people, including Coleman.
* On September 8, 1934, the luxury liner SS ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Morro_Castle_(1930) Morro Castle]]'' caught fire near Long Beach Island, NJ. Radio broke the news first and covered the events throughout the day. The UsefulNotes/CoastGuard cutter ''Tampa'' tried to tow her, but in rough waters the tow line snapped and the smouldering hulk drifted in toward shore at Asbury Park. WCAP's Tom Burley had been just about to pause for a station break; he said "The ''Morro Castle'' is adrift and heading for the shore--" looked up, and cried out ''"My God! She's coming right in here!"'' She struck ground about a hundred yards from the broadcast booth.
* Reporter Herb Morrison's eyewitness account of UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg explosion May 6, 1937, is as memorable as the event itself. It was the inspiration for countless dramatic portrayals of badass broadcasters engaging in similar heroics.
* British [[BuccaneerBroadcaster offshore pirate radio stations]] had this happen to them fairly often, between rough seas and the frequently rather dilapidated state of the ships. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLaJxP7ATBs This 1971 recording from Radio North Sea International]] is a particularly memorable example.
* On July 15, 1974, chronically depressed [[OnlyInFlorida Sarasota, Florida]] anchorwoman [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christine_Chubbuck Christine Chubbuck]] [[DrivenToSuicide shot herself in the head]] during a live NewsBroadcast.
-->"In keeping with Channel 40's policy of [[IfItBleedsItLeads bringing you the latest in blood and guts]], and in living color, you are going to see another first -- attempted suicide."
* Among the dead in the November 18, 1978 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Jones#Visit_by_Congressman_Ryan.2C_murders 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.
* 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: [[LastWords "Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it!"]]. Reid Blackburn, a photographer for The Columbian newspaper, was also killed in the act.
* In 1982, the anchors of KOOL-TV (now KSAZ-TV) in Phoenix were held at gunpoint by a man who wanted "to prevent WorldWarIII". 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 [[InsaneTrollLogic gems]] as instructing Music/JohnnyCash to tell Queen Elizabeth II to evacuate London before it was nuked by {{UsefulNotes/Argentina}}, that Creator/RonaldReagan'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. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWaQFguerFc You can watch the entire thing here.]]
* Reporter, actress, comedian and punk rocker[[note]]she wrote "Don't Touch Me There" for the Tubes[[/note]] 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 -- [[https://youtu.be/Yni1njbjvqc?t=2m2s 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. [[https://youtu.be/3JWyP7SNGAk This aircheck from the next day]] is devoted to tributes to her.
** And years after Creator/{{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, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zizVmLCgZ_A 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. [[HistoryRepeats That one then crashed in 2004]] onto a rooftop in Brooklyn- rival WABC [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLK9ghS7SSs managed to capture that with their own chopper]]. Thankfully, no one got killed in either of those incidents.
* Creator/{{CNN}}'s coverage of the massive [[http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/06/02/cnn.tiananmen.coverage/ 1989 Chinese student rebellion]] was this, especially when Chinese authorities came to the bureau and ordered them to stop transmitting. They kept right on sending until the cameras were turned off. [[http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/01/world/asia/tiananmen-chinoy/index.html This coverage influences the world's view of China]] to this day. Twenty years later, Chinese officials [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGHd2bPn4ZU blocked CNN from carrying a memorial gathering]].
* ABC's Al Michaels, during Game 3 of the 1989 World Series at San Francisco's Candlestick Park [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpAPILKw3iY just as the Loma Prieta earthquake hit the Bay Area]]: "I'll tell you what, we're having an earth-"
* Another well-known pirate radio example is from August 19, 1989, when Radio Caroline was [[http://dxradio.co.uk/audio/Caroline_558_19aug1989.mp3 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.
* At least [[http://www.nytimes.com/1989/12/26/world/upheaval-in-the-east-2-journalists-killed-in-rumanian-combat.html?pagewanted=1 two journalists died and five others were wounded]] during the Romanian Revolution of 1989. The most famous case were the Belgian [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Huwe Danny Huwe]] and the French Jean-Louis Calderon, both shot dead as they covered the facts (with Huwe even having the horrible luck of being shot down because he was mistaken as a Ceaucescu supporter).
* 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!
* In 1992, while covering the war in Bosnia, BBC reporter Martin Bell was seriously wounded by shrapnel while recording a report in Sarajevo. This obviously did no harm to his reputation for courage and integrity, which later helped him get elected to Parliament for one term as an independent.
* 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.
* On August 11, 1999, every news studio and reporter in Salt Lake City had front row seats to a tornado [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2gTeXwdtPw sweeping]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8HgzXzZQgc through]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSorTVDSJqQ the downtown core.]]
* In a news report during the [[TheWarOnTerror September 11, 2001 attacks]], reporter N.J. 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''': [[LampshadeHanging WE BETTER GET OUT OF THE WAY!]]
* Also on 9/11, correspondents at the Pentagon reported on the military's response to the attack on the World Trade Center. Shortly after, the Pentagon itself was attacked and the reporters were evacuated, with the networks being initially uncertain of their fate.
* While reporting outside of the courthouse where the Robert Blake trial was taking place in early 2005, [[http://www.nbcnews.com/video/dateline/23870169#23870169 a disgruntled client fired shots at his lawyer less than a hundred feet from were cameras were rolling.]] (Blake was found not guilty, but Bonnie's children filed a civil action and he was found liable and had to pay $30M.)
* Anderson Cooper, reporting on Hurricane Dennis in 2005, 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.
* Al Roker did this during the 2005 hurricane season. During Hurricane Wilma, Al reported from South Florida 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.
* A [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment controversially]] [[MemeticMutation memetic]] instance on short-lived Italian talk show ''10 Minuti'': father's rights advocate Nicola De Martino nearly [[http://www.upi.com/Italian-activists-TV-suicide-try-foiled/74791165699793/ 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. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klbyBg3c6G4 De Martino's dousing himself]] with fuel [[DespairEventHorizon (Questa è benzina)]][[labelnote:Trans]] This is benzene. [[/labelnote]], which rights organization Figli Negati [[labelnote:Trans.]] Children Denied [[/labelnote]] had "condemned," became widely circulated since.
* On July 27, 2007, Reuters reporters interviewing Iraqi citizens (some of whom were armed) were [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/July_12,_2007_Baghdad_airstrike 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.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzJy1Ib-t8k This video]] shows a Georgian (south of Russia, not Southern US) reporter getting shot by a sniper while in the middle of [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1045030/Video-Georgian-TV-reporter-shot-Russian-sniper-live-broadcast-carries-report.html reporting on the South Ossetia conflict]] August 15, 2008.
* In Libya during the Arab Spring in 2010, 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 [[Series/TheRachelMaddowShow 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''.)
* 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 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.
* Mohammed Nabbous, who was a blogger, independent journalist, and one of the key figures in the Libyan revolution, was killed by a pro-Gaddafi sniper while ''on camera'' reporting from the Battle of Benghazi, March 19, 2011.
* 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, on February 22, 2012, she was killed.
* On May 19, 2013, meteorologists for the NBC affiliate KSN-3 were reporting on a major storm and possibility of a tornado. When the storm ''really'' whipped up, one of the meteorologists replied "You know, JD, in twenty years I've never seen this, but [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere I think it's our time to go]]." They do get massive bonus points for continuing to report even as the storm tears through.
* On August 26, 2015, Alison Parker and Adam Ward, a reporter and cameraman (respectively) for WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, Virginia, [[http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/08/26/roanoke-news-wdbj-_n_8043078.html 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 and both his Twitter and Facebook account were permanently suspended. The gunman fled and was shot in an altercation with police hours after the shooting.
* On December 2, 2015 a San Bernadino California anchor was [[http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/local-reporter-caught-in-middle-of-san-bernardino-shootout/ caught behind a police chase involving the suspects of the San Bernadino terror attack when shots rang out.]]
* On December 5 2015, a RTÉ reporter [[https://www.independent.ie/videos/irish-news/archive-video-the-original-rtes-teresa-mannion-storm-desmond-weather-report-34264788.html did some very dramatic reporting from the promenade at Salthill, Galway, Ireland]] (known to locals as 'The Prom'). In what is a case of both the extreme side of this trope and a case of MundaneMadeAwesome, [[MemeticMutation the whole thing went viral]].
* On December 15 2015, KIMT reporter Adam Sallet was reporting on a bank robbery when [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8WxluUtQaI 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 reporter was 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 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQv6pEQef3Y flash a gun in front of a Serbian news reporter]] in mid-report.
* On March 8, 2016 KTVU reporter Alex Savidge was [[http://www.ktvu.com/news/102601667-story 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 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PC8ZlbRv6Pw was knocked down by a rioter]] while covering a night of riots in Charlotte, North Carolina.
* Creator/AlJazeera lost several reporters during the [[UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict Second Intifada]], some of whom were recording at the time. Since reporters are required to give their locations to the IDF, the already-Israeli-critical network took it [[ItsPersonal deeply personally]] when some of those deaths were caused by IDF strikes.
* 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 RealLife example...
* One [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} 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, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skip_Caray Skip]]."
* 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 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSOsskpf8r0&feature=related two]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21A7-1SFRtQ examples]].
* 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]]Many fictionalized accounts of nuclear war or other world-ending disaster depict reporters panicking or breaking down emotionally [[UsefulNotes/{{Hindenburg}} Herb Morrison]] style at the prospect. This page features numerous examples.[[/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.
* On December 28, 2017 a reporter and camera man for Cleveland's WOIO TV [[http://www.cleveland19.com/story/37156331/cleveland-19-crew-robbed-at-gunpoint-on-citys-east-side were robbed at gunpoint.]]