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Subject: Incidents involving people physically intruding TV stations Tue Oct 20, 2020 2:23 pm
I know of the broadcast signal intrusion phenomenon, and I think it's really interesting. But, I think incidents of people physically intruding TV stations are somewhat interesting as well. I have some examples I digged when searching for those incidents:
Gary Stollman, 1987 On August 19, 1987, during KNBC's 4 p.m. newscast, a gun-wielding intruder identifying himself as "Gary Stollman" got into the NBC Studios in Burbank, California, as a guest of an employee on the set and took David Horowitz hostage live on the air, with the gun pressed on the right side of his back during a news story of "Mail Order Tax". He then picked up a pieces of papers before drawing the weapon again and forced David to read his statement. Horowitz calmly accepted and read the gunman's statements on camera; unbeknownst to the gunman, the news feed had been taken off the air replacing by a technical difficulties slide showing a purple background, white text at the top-left mentioning "One Moment Please", the 1986 NBC logo at the bottom-right, and the KNBC logo at the bottom. The unidentified man revealed at the end of his statement that the gun was an empty (pistol-type) BB gun. David finally then reads "there is no way that I can harm anyone with this empty BB gun". Gary quickly set the gun down on the newsdesk, at which point anchorman John Beard quickly confiscated it, forcing one of the workers to pull Gary off the set. It led Horowitz to start a successful campaign to help ban "look-alike" toy guns in several states including California and several others. Video
Bill Close hostage crisis, 1982 On May 28, 1982 at about 5 p.m., Joseph Billie Gwin, wanting to "prevent World War III", forced his way into the KOOL-TV studios and fired a shot from his gun. The butt of the gun struck Louis Villa in the back of the head; Gwin then held Villa in a chokehold, at gunpoint, for nearly five hours. Gwin took four people hostage and demanded nationwide airtime. Two of the hostages, Jack Webb and Bob Cimino, were released three hours later. At 9:30 p.m., anchor Bill Close read a 20-minute statement as Gwin sat next to him holding a gun under the table; Close took Gwin's gun after the statement and set it on the table. Gwin surrendered to the police following the broadcast of the statement and later charged with kidnapping, assault and burglary, and was later declared insane. Gwin was released from prison in 2005. video
Márcia Goldschmidt TV program intrusion, 2004 On October 17, 2004, car salesman Moacir Camargo Borges invaded the Jogo da Vida program's studio armed with a .38 caliber revolver. The man entered the station's headquarters after after taking a security guard hostage and invaded the program at around 5:40 pm, when the presenter Márcia Goldschmit was interviewing the singer Waguinho. Moacir had sought help from the program about a month earlier, asking for help in finding his children and reconciling with his wife, but he had been informed by the production that the program could not help him, since the ex-wife did not want to kind of contact him.
The man broke into the studio completely nervous, repeating that he was desperate to reconcile with his wife and see his two daughters again. The man threatened to shoot the gun if the program went down; he was interrupted, but he was shown on the monitor, so he could be deceived, but there was a lapse and he realized. The audience, which gathered about 200 people, was in a state of panic and was removed from the studio. Márcia tried to remain calm and talk to Moacir. Fearing that the man might endanger someone's life on stage, TV Bandeirantes decided to stay on the air for about six minutes. Shortly thereafter, Moacir was disarmed by an undercover policeman who was watching the program in the audience and managed to immobilize and surrender the invader, who was taken out of the studio. After the commercials, the program returned to the air with journalist Guilherme Bentana reporting to viewers that, due to the incident, the presenter was no longer able to resume the program, as she was shaken. The program ended an hour and a half in advance. Instead, the broadcaster aired the Most Incredible Videos program.
Borges was taken to the 34th DP (Vila Sônia). He was fined in flagrante delicto for illegal possession of a weapon and charged with violating his home, disturbing the telecommunication service and posing danger to his life or health. In 2005, Moacir was sentenced to two years in prison under an open regime and fined a minimum wage. The sentence was transformed into the provision of community services. Video
Terceiro Tempo hostage crisis, 1986 In 1986, police officer from Florianópolis Silvio Vieira, complaining of several personal problems took the Terceiro Tempo TV program's staff hostage. He had bought an apartment that he could no longer afford. He was in debt in sales, in commerce and in college. In his statement, Sílvio said that he had taken out a loan of Cr $ 1,500 [1,500 cruzeiros] and was three months overdue.
The creditors went after the guarantor, another police officer, who communicated to the PM command. He was insulted for 45 minutes because he was dishonoring the corporation. It was determined that the loan installments would be deducted from his pay.
Silvio came home humiliated. He suffered from depression and, that day, mixed his medications with alcohol. He decided to intrude the TV to denounce the hunger salary he received.
For a longer version of the text, see the UOL article of the incident: Desespero no ar Video
WCPO-TV hostage crisis, 1980 On the early morning of October 15, 1980, WCPO and most of its news staff became part of a major news story when James Hoskins, armed with a 9mm J&R M68 semi-automatic rifle and five revolvers, seized control of WCPO's newsroom. Hoskins held reporter Elaine Green and her cameraman at gunpoint in the parking lot of WCPO's studios. He then forced his way into the newsroom and took seven more hostages.
A self-described terrorist, Hoskins stated in a videotaped interview with Green that he had, among other things, murdered his girlfriend before arriving at the studios. After voicing his displeasure with local government, Hoskins ended by saying that he would let his hostages go, but only after they helped him to barricade himself in their newsroom in anticipation of a shootout with police. Green and the others pleaded with Hoskins to get help, but to no avail. WCPO's news staff ran special newscasts from the parking lot throughout that morning. Hoskins eventually let all the hostages go, and the standoff ended later that morning when Hoskins shot himself dead while on the phone with SWAT negotiators. Green was awarded a Peabody Award for her handling of the crisis. She later married anchor and then-news director Al Schottelkotte. The two remained married until his death in 1996. Video